Hudson faces hitters for first time since injury

Hudson faces hitters for first time since injury

PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson faced hitters Friday for the first time since going on the disabled list on April 21 with a right shoulder impingement.

Hudson threw 30 pitches to injured teammates Stephen Drew and Chris Young before batting practice.

"It was good," Hudson said. "My command wasn't as good as I would have liked, so it's something to work on."

Of course, considering that he has not faced hitters since April 18, no one expected Hudson to have pinpoint control. Well, almost no one. Hudson said his lack of command might have been acceptable to others, but, "not for me."

"I don't think he was happy, he never is," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said with a smile. "He looked good. The ball came out of his hand well. Obviously, he's not going to be that sharp."

Hudson will throw a bullpen session on Monday, and then will pitch Wednesday in an extended spring game. From there, his schedule will depend on how he feels.

The earliest he could return is May 27.