SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- At the time of year when most starters are throwing around 75 pitches, Giants right-hander Tim Hudson hit the century mark Sunday after persuading the club to let him up his pitch count as he continues to claw his way back from July ankle surgery.
"Honestly, I needed the work," Hudson said. "The bottom line is I've got to get ready for the start of the year. If that means throwing 100 pitches every time I'm out there, that's what I'm going to do. Hopefully I won't have to. Hopefully things will start clicking better, but it is what it is."
The Giants were planning to pull Hudson following his fourth inning of work, but the veteran convinced manager Bruce Bochy to send him out for the fifth, in which he retired the first two batters he faced before the club went to the bullpen.
"It's about getting ready and he knows himself more than we do," Bochy said. "He got a good workload in today. One hundred pitches, he can check that one off already."
Hudson got off to a shaky start Sunday against the Indians, allowing two hits and two walks in the first inning. But as his outing wore on, the righty settled down and he eventually retired seven of the final eight batters he faced.
He finished the day giving up three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four.
"Obviously the walks are a little bit of a concern but there were a lot of pitches that were just missing for me that are going to start sharpening up," Hudson said. "The last couple innings were much better and now I got two or three more starts to get ready for the real thing."
Hudson, inked to a two-year, $35 million deal with the Giants last winter, said he's happy with how his surgically repaired ankle is feeling, but that since he lost his offseason to rehab, he feels behind where he usually would be at this point in camp.
"This has definitely been different for me," Hudson said. "I think gradually I'm getting in better pitching shape but it's a little more challenging than it normally is."
Hudson needed to make a couple of plays at first base Sunday -- the same play on which he suffered the ankle injury -- and he did so without a glitch. He'd like his command to be better, but he believes the accuracy will come with more time on the mound this spring.
"It's just inconsistency right now that is the issue," he said. "And that's a direct result of not quite being where I want to be physically. The only way to get there, though, is to work hard and get through it; that's why we're here."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less