Second opinion confirms Hudson's diagnosis

Second opinion confirms Hudson's diagnosis

MILWAUKEE -- A second opinion confirmed the first: D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson has a complete tear of his ulnar collateral ligament and will require Tommy John surgery.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Hudson would likely have a surgery date set Monday.

Hudson got a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum and it appears likely that Yocum will perform the surgery, which has become almost commonplace in baseball since it was first performed in 1974 by Dr. Frank Jobe.

The recovery time is generally 12 months.

"Obviously, the success rate kind of speaks for itself," Hudson said Wednesday when he first learned of the tear. "People on my end, we're still keeping my fingers crossed. It's not a 100-percent success rate. ... I've got to go out there and get my rehab done and make sure I'm doing what I need to do to get back on the field as soon as possible."