As of mid-February reports had Tim Hudson behind schedule in his recovery from offseason ankle surgery, but the Giants right-hander took the mound for his spring training debut Wednesday and afterward “expressed confidence” in being ready for Opening Day.
Hudson threw a scoreless inning against the Brewers and then told Chris Haft of MLB.com that his ankle is a “non-issue.”
Hudson, who turns 40 in July, has indicated that 2015 will be his 17th and final season. Last year he logged 189 innings for the Giants, posting a 3.57 ERA and 120/34 K/BB ratio, but struggled in the playoffs.
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.