Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hudson will be back

Despite pitching in just one game the past two years thanks to an arm injury, Luke Hudson will be back with the Royals in 2009 after signing a minor league conract with the team that includes an invitation to spring training. Hudson, 31, was one of the lone bright spots in the Royals rotation in 2006 when he went 7-6 with a 5.12 ERA before going on the DL late in the season. For his career, which included a stint as a starter with Cincinatti, Hudson is 17-18 with a 5.11 ERA.

Also, the Royals agreed to terms with four players on Wednesday with each including spring invites. The four are LHP's Heath Phillips and Lenny DiNardo, RHP Oscar Villareal and OF Tommy Murphy. Villareal has the most major league experience with a big league record of 24-15 with a 3.86 ERA in 258 appearances. He will likely make the big league bullpen this year.

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