PHOENIX -- Tim Hudson has long said that this will be his final season in the big leagues. The Giants are going to give the 40-year-old right-hander a chance to finish it as a starter.
Hudson will start Tuesday in Phoenix in place of Ryan Vogelsong, who came out of the bullpen in the seventh inning of Monday's 6-1 loss to the Diamondbacks. Hudson has twice pitched out of the bullpen since returning from the DL, and he said he's excited to be back in the rotation.
"At this point, with where I am, you never know when it's going to be the last (start)," Hudson said. "I'm going to go as hard as I can for as long as I can go."
Hudson has maxed out at 23 pitches out of the bullpen this month but said he topped 60 pitches during bullpen sessions in August.
"Huddy, he's ready to go," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We thought we'd put him in that spot. I think it's fair to say Vogey has had his struggles the last couple of starts. Huddy, he's earned this. He'll get another chance to start."
Hudson is 6-8 with a 4.69 ERA this season, his 17th in the big leagues. If the Giants keep him in the mix as a starter throughout the month, there's a chance he can finish his career where it started. The Giants play three games in Oakland near the end of the month.