"I'm ready to go," Hudson said. "The back is not a concern to me. I've just got to start getting my arm, legs and everything else ready to go."
The bullpen session was the first time Hudson had thrown off a mound since he had surgery on Nov. 30 to fuse his L5 and S1 vertebrae. His visit to Dr. Steven Wray showed that the bone producing proteins that were inserted by way of a sponge had in fact properly fused the bones.
The plan is for Hudson to throw bullpen sessions over the next couple of weeks, gradually building up to live batting practice and possibly throwing in a game late in Spring Training. A best case scenario could put Hudson back in the starting rotation by late April.
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