ST. LOUIS -- D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson is scheduled to see Dr. Michael Lee on Thursday to have his right elbow examined after feeling stiffness in it during his first rehab start for Double-A Mobile on Tuesday night.
"He was sore," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "I'm taking an optimistic view on that. He hasn't had any setbacks at all since he's been doing his rehab. I'm confident it'll work out fine.
"Does this slow him down a little bit? It probably does, yes."
Initially, Hudson was expected to return from last July's Tommy John surgery around the All-Star Break, but recently it looked like he might be able to return as soon as a few weeks from now.
After throwing in extended spring games, Tuesday was his first start against higher level competition and in front of a crowd.
"You get into a game, you probably have never quite let it go like that so far," Gibson said. "You're stressing your arm in a different fashion than you have so far since your surgery. I'm pretty optimistic about it."
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