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Hudson ramps up work in prep for next start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right-hander Tim Hudson threw on flat ground again Sunday, increasing his intensity and workload, and remained on track to start against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.

Hudson missed his scheduled start Friday against Miami with a strained left hip.

"It went good," Hudson said. "Another step in the right direction. Everything felt good. A little more intensity today. Stretched it out a little bit further than yesterday. So far, so good. I'm going to keep treating it and throw a bullpen on Tuesday in preparation for Thursday."

Hudson said he made around "60 or 70" throws "from about 90 feet."

On Saturday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Hudson would throw a bullpen session Sunday. Hudson called an audible.

"There was a discussion," Hudson said. "We thought about it. But normally my bullpen day is two days before I pitch. So we're just going to do another throwing day, flat ground, and get back to a normal routine."

Hudson indicated that he still has some stiffness in his left hip.

"It's getting better," Hudson said. "It's pretty close. Barring any setbacks, I don't think there should be any issues."

Hudson is 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA in eight starts this season. He first felt pain in his left hip early in his last start May 11 against the Dodgers.

Eric Gilmore is a contributor to
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