Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged to MLB.com’s Chris Haft on Wednesday that Tim Hudson is behind schedule in his recovery from January ankle surgery, putting the veteran’s status in doubt for the beginning of the regular season.
San Francisco has reliable rotation depth between Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Vogelsong, so a late start for Hudson wouldn’t be all that crushing. But this is the same ankle that Hudson fractured in late 2013 and he’s set to turn 40 years old this July, so there’s probably reason for concern about how his entire 2015 will go.
Hudson has already suggested that this will be his final major league season.
The right-hander posted a 3.57 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 189 1/3 innings (31 starts) in 2014.
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.