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.

Anthony DeSclafani crushed a grand slam for his first career home run

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Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani put on a show during Saturday’s matinee against the Cubs. Up 2-1 in the third inning, the hurler hooked a Brian Duensing fastball over the left field fence for his first career home run — and first career grand slam:

Grand slams are impressive no matter the player or situation, but they’re made all the more special in rare circumstances like this one. Not only is DeSclafani the first pitcher to deliver a grand slam in 2018, but he’s the first Reds hurler to do so in nearly 60 years. Per MLB.com’s Brian Scott Rippee, right-hander Bob Purkey was the last to hit a slam for the Reds in 1959, when he took Cubs reliever John Buzhardt deep in the third inning of a 12-3 drubbing.

The 28-year-old righty had a decent outing on the mound as well, holding the Cubs to two runs, four walks, and three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings before passing the ball to reliever Michael Lorenzen. Entering Saturday, he carried a 2-1 record in three games, with a 4.60 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 across 15 2/3 innings — not too shabby for someone who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016.

The Reds currently lead 8-2 in the bottom of the seventh.