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ARLINGTON, Texas. — Tim Hudson leads all active players with 220 wins, but he likely won't be in a rotation as his career comes to an end.
Hudson was placed on the disabled list Friday as the Giants added Mike Leake to the active roster and put their trade addition right into the rotation. Chris Heston will be moved up a day to take Hudson’s start Saturday, with Leake making his Giants debut on Sunday.
General manager Bobby Evans called Hudson before trading for Leake, and the veteran said he fully understood the move.
“Obviously he’s going to really help our club, and hopefully he’ll get the club to the next level,” Hudson said. “I’m on board with whatever helps the club get better and gives us a better chance of winning a world championship. If it means me changing my role, I’m all for it. I think everyone in this locker room is on the same page, and that’s winning a World Series. You put your egos aside.”
Hudson is in his 17th year in the big leagues and has talked all season of the likelihood that he will retire at the end of the year. The 40-year-old has pitched through a series of minor injuries in his two seasons with the Giants, and he missed nearly a month earlier this summer as the training staff tried to allow his body to recharge. Asked which body part would put him back on the DL, Hudson smiled and said “pick one.” The Giants officially called it a right shoulder strain.
The earlier time off wasn’t able to jolt Hudson. He had given up 12 hits and six runs in nine innings since returning. Hudson has a 4.80 ERA in 17 starts and a 1.41 WHIP is his highest since 2009.
“I wish I was pitching good enough to where they didn’t have to make a move. That hasn’t been the case,” he said. “It’s been a grind. For us to win a championship, I felt we needed to bring somebody in.”
He also felt that Leake was the perfect fit. Hudson noted that other pitchers on the market had better pure stuff, but said nobody available was as good of a “pitcher” as Leake is.
“I feel like we got the best pitcher available,” Hudson said. “I have no problems with what’s going on. I always want what’s best for the team to win. I’ve never allowed ego to get in the way of what’s best for the team and I don’t feel anyone should.”
Hudson said he didn’t give any thought to asking for a trade or his release. He did not want to finish his career in another rotation. Instead, he’ll rehab and travel with the team and try to help mentor younger pitchers when he can. It’s likely that he’ll be activated when rosters expand in September.
“We’ve got a chance to do something special here,” he said. “You’d be foolish to not want to be on this team.”