July 26, 2021

Dakota Hudson To Undergo MRI On Elbow (MLB Trade Rumors)

Cardinals right-hander Dakota Hudson left the team’s loss to the Pirates early on Thursday with elbow tightness. He’ll undergo an MRI on Friday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Hudson departed after throwing just two innings in another defeat for the Cardinals, who are 22-24 and fighting for a wild-card spot. Hudson has been an asset for the team, evidenced by his 2.77 ERA over 39 innings. It’s the third straight year in which he has defied fielding-independent numbers to post much better run prevention numbers, evidenced by the 3.20 ERA and 4.72 FIP he has recorded over 239 innings since debuting in 2018. Hudson’s strikeout and walk numbers (7.0 K/9 against 4.41 BB/9) haven’t been good, but he has offset those to some degree with a 57.4 percent groundball rate.

At the very least, the Cardinals appear to have a legitimate MLB starter in Hudson, so the hope is that his elbow issue won’t stop him from pitching the rest of this year or returning to the mound in…

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