SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tim Hudson stretched a bit, pawed at the dirt with his foot, and took a few warm-up tosses. He was ready to go.
The newest member of the San Francisco Giants' rotation had thrown three bullpen sessions since he sustained a severe injury to his right ankle last season while with the Atlanta Braves, but none were as significant as this.
This was his first official turn on the bullpen mound, and the audience was of greater importance, notably Giants manager Bruce Bochy and trainer Dave Groeschner.
Hudson was the third pitcher to work on this particular mound on Sunday, following fellow right-handers Ryan Vogelsong and Tim Lincecum. Buster Posey caught the three pitchers, who all worked out of the stretch.
The 38-year-old Hudson threw about 30 pitches and appeared to have no difficulties. He said he felt good.
"I feel like I'm the same as far as throwing goes. It's all a process," he said. "I didn't think about the ankle. The only time I really notice it on occasion during the side to side (movements during conditioning)."
Hudson usually works the lower part of the strike zone, and some pitches were a bit lower than he liked.
"You don't want to be making your best pitches right away," Hudson said.
Working with Posey was enjoyable, and he expects things to be even better as the spring rolls along.
"Buster, he's a pro, one of the best on offense and defense," Hudson said. "We were working out in the weight room the other day, talking about pitching philosophy. He was asking how I do things, how I tick, and I was asking how he calls a game."