Giants mull over options as Tim Hudson continues to struggle

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Coming off the worst start of his career in a 17-0 loss to the Dodgers last weekend, Giants right-hander Tim Hudson was shaky again last night, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Padres. He now owns 9.92 ERA over four starts this month.

Hudson has battled a sore hip of late, but he insisted that it wasn’t an issue last night and believes that he just needs to clean up some things in his delivery. Still, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that he hasn’t committed to starting him Wednesday against the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw.

“We’ll talk about it,” Bochy said. “I won’t talk about it now. I was encouraged after (the first inning), how he started hitting his spots. So we’ll see.

Could Tim Lincecum, who put on his anti-Padres cape to throw two shutout innings of relief, be an option?

“Well, either way,” Bochy said. “That’s an alternative with Timmy. He was our starter for most of the year, so he would be an option.”

Looking beyond Wednesday, it’s now likely that Hudson won’t be in the Giants’ rotation if they advance to the NLDS. You wouldn’t have guessed that one when he had a 1.81 ERA through his first 13 starts this year.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.