Daniel Hudson will make D-Backs’ 25-man roster

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Pitcher Daniel Hudson was informed by Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale that he will make the 25-man roster, Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports. It’s still unknown how Hudson will contribute to the team, whether as a starter or as a reliever. The plan going in was to use Hudson as a starter in the spring before using him as a reliever during the regular season.

Hudson, 28, made only three appearances (all in September) after undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career in June 2013. He owns a career 3.75 ERA and a 306/98 K/BB ratio in 384 innings, but he has pitched a full season just once in five seasons.

Vidal Nuno, Chase Anderson, Trevor Cahill, and Allen Webster are competing for spots at the back of Arizona’s rotation. So far, Nuno and Webster have struggled while Anderson and Cahill have had decent early showings. Per AZcentral.com’s Nick Piecoro, Cahill threw well in a B-game and Hale said the right-hander is in a “good position” for a rotation spot. [Update, 9:15 PM EST: MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports that Nuno is no longer in the running for a rotation spot.]

Hudson has allowed three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three in four innings. One can never have too much pitching depth, but adding Hudson back into the competition as a starter could also give the club the flexibility to explore trading Cahill.

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

Zack Wheeler miss starts
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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.