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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Tim Hudson worked out on a back field Sunday, and manager Bruce Bochy said the right-hander is recovering well after having ankle surgery in early January.
“Today was a good day for him,” Bochy said. “He should be on a mound here soon.”
Hudson had bone spurs removed from his right ankle the first week of January but is still expected to be back to full health by opening day. He’s a couple of weeks behind the other starting pitchers, but has said that it won’t take many spring training starts to get him on track.
Sunday was the last quiet day at Scottsdale Stadium, with position players set to report Monday. Soon enough, we’ll have live BP sessions out here, and then actual games. For now, some notes from a lazy Sunday under the sun …
HEALTH WATCH: Bochy said right-hander Sergio Romo is “making a lot of progress,” but his right shoulder is still sore enough that Romo is being kept off a bullpen mound.
“We lightened his load a bit today,” Bochy said. “He has general soreness. He says he’s going to be ready and he’s confident this is a small thing.”
FULL HOUSE: Gregor Blanco, Juan Perez, Travis Ishikawa and Nori Aoki were among the players walking through the clubhouse doors over the weekend. Position players must report Monday, and all big leaguers but Angel Pagan and Joaquin Arias have already checked in. Many, like Hunter Pence, the Brandons, Joe Panik and Matt Duffy have been here all along.
Aoki is expected to bring a crowd tomorrow, with the lone Japanese reporter in camp Sunday estimating that there will be about 10 more Japanese reporters and cameramen at Scottsdale Stadium on Monday to chronicle Aoki’s moves. The beat will be twice as big this season; it’s estimated that four reporters will follow Aoki full-time, joining the four beat reporters you all already have.
QUOTABLE: Bochy said that while he was in the hospital he got a text from Tim Flannery, who retired in November in part because he wanted to be able to focus on his health.
“Flan slid home safely,” Bochy said. “He scored.”