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Tim Hudson set to return to San Francisco Giants rotation Thursday


Veteran starting pitcher Tim Hudson has been nothing short of outstanding so far in 2014. Through eight starts Hudson has posted a 4-2 record with a minuscule 2.09 ERA.

It is a relief to him and the San Francisco Giants, then, that the right hip injury that forced him to miss a start last week was nothing serious. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Hudson threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and is all clear to make his start on Thursday against the Colorado Rockies.

The Giants have charged out to an impressive start in 2014. With a 28-17 record so far, they had the best playoff odds of any team in the National League as of Tuesday (according to Baseball Prospectus).

The interesting thing about their success has been the relative mediocrity of their rotation. Other than Hudson and Madison Bumgarner, the work from their starters has been a bit shaky. What the Giants are doing very well is scoring runs, winning many of their games with offensive outbursts.

If Hudson and Bumgarner keep it up at the top of the rotation and get some help, the Giants just might be one of the most well-rounded and dangerous teams in baseball.


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