Daniel Hudson will return to the major leagues as a reliever

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Across four incomplete seasons between 2009-12, Daniel Hudson was a pretty good starting pitcher. Across 58 starts and four relief appearances, the right-hander compiled a 3.68 ERA and a 304/98 K/BB ratio in 381 1/3 innings. But he suffered a shoulder injury in early 2012 followed by an elbow injury later that season, which forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery. Hudson had Tommy John surgery for a second time, a revision, in June 2013.

After a long road back, Hudson will return to the major leagues. He’ll join the Diamondbacks on Tuesday or Wednesday and contribute out of the bullpen, Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports. Hudson will be limited to a 25-30 pitch count.

Hudson made four one-inning rehab appearances in the Arizona League and two one-inning stints with Triple-A Reno. He allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.