21 Mar

something’s missing

Dakota Hudson, the former Mississippi State star, is going back to the minors to search for the lost velocity on his fastball. St. Louis optioned Hudson to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. The right-hander had a 6.23 ERA in three Grapefruit League appearances, including a particularly rough start against the New York Mets on Sunday. He faced nine batters in the first inning, six reached and five scored. He wound up going 3 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and two walks. Hudson was 8-7, 4.45 ERA, in 26 starts for the Cards in 2022 and is 32-17, 3.61, since getting his first call-up in 2018. He missed a big chunk of the 2021 season after arm surgery and has experienced a notable dip in velocity. The Cardinals reportedly want the former first-round pick to work on some mechanical things at Memphis. Manager Oliver Marmol told mlb.com that Hudson “took it well,” referring to the demotion.

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