Tim Hudson underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle, the Giants announced.
The expected recovery timetable is approximately eight weeks, which means Hudson will get a late start to spring training and any sort of setback could put the 39-year-old’s status for Opening Day in jeopardy.
Hudson has already said that he plans to retire after the season, which will be his second in San Francisco after throwing 189 innings with a 3.57 ERA for the Giants in the first year of a two-year, $23 million contract.
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.
Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.
Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.