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Hudson strikes out five over 7 2/3 innings

The last time Daniel Hudson was on the mound for the D-backs, the club was at its highpoint of the season, riding a 7-4 record to begin the year.

But in the hours after the April 18 start in which he limited the Pirates to two runs over 7 2/3 innings, Hudson began feeling discomfort in his right arm.

The ensuing examinations found a shoulder impingement resulting in more than a month-long stint on the disabled list.

Now, with his club falling steadily in the standings, Hudson will come of the DL on Sunday and make his long-awaited return to the rotation in the D-backs' series finale against the Brewers.

"I'm ready to go," Hudson said on Tuesday. "I don't feel anything at all. I don't have any pain the next day at all. It feels great. I feel good, ready to go. I just might not be able to go 120 pitches Sunday. I'm sure I'll be pretty pumped up."

Countering Hudson for the Brewers will be veteran left-hander Randy Wolf. He is coming off a par-for-the-course outing against the Giants on Monday, when he tossed seven innings and allowed three runs in a 4-3 loss.

With the Brewers also struggling to stay afloat while they deal with injuries, manager Ron Roenicke sees some parallels between the two division winners from a year ago.

"I do when I look at the records," Roenicke said. "It surprises me about them, just like it surprises me about us. I know we've both had injuries, but even with the injuries, the teams that we're putting out there, I know, for us, that we should be playing better baseball. It's hard. You have big expectations off the year you had before and you come out and all of a sudden it's like, 'What happened?'"

After initially expecting Miguel Montero to be back in the lineup on Friday, the D-backs will likely still be without their All-Star catcher on Sunday.

"He's available pinch-hit for sure," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's good. We may wait until Monday. We're airing on the precautionary side right now."

D-backs: Montero signs contract extension
The D-backs locked up Montero on Saturday with a five-year, $60 million extension, the contract was the most money handed out to a player in the short 15-year history of the franchise.

Montero, who was already set to earn $5.9 million this year, will get $10 million in 2013 and '14, $12 million in '15 and $14 million in '16 and '17.

"It was a commitment we were willing to make, because we know how important he is to us and to our future," D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall said.

Montero was signed by the D-backs as a non-drafted free agent in 2001 for $13,000. He has made his home in the Phoenix area and has grown comfortable with the organization and community as a whole.

"I was pretty clear with my agents that I really wanted to sign here, that I wanted to stay here," Montero said. "I never visualized myself playing for another team, to be honest. I felt like this was where I belonged. The most important thing is my family, and my family loves to live here. I like to play happy."

Montero, who has missed the past four games after straining his groin on Monday night, has started slowly at the plate this year. In 137 at-bats, Montero is hitting .255 with two homers and 21 RBIs.

Brewers: Ramirez sits
The Brewers scratched third baseman Aramis Ramirez from Saturday's lineup a day after he was hit by a pitch the left elbow in Friday's series-opening win against the D-backs.

"That's got to change, because that's not fun," Ramirez said. "You can hurt people. Look at [Rickie] Weeks, he missed three games when he got hurt when he was hit by a pitch [in a game against the Cubs earlier this month]. I'm missing today. At some point, that's got to stop."

Ramirez was in the Brewers' original lineup on Saturday, batting cleanup, but that changed before the team took the field to stretch. Cody Ransom shifted from shortstop to third base and Edwin Maysonet was inserted as the starter at shortstop.

"I'm doing all right," Ramirez said. "I'm going to take today off and work on it. Hopefully, I'll be ready to go [Sunday]."

Worth noting
• D-backs outfielder Jason Kubel has reached base safely in 20 of 21 career games against the Brewers with seven homers.

• The Brewers have won 60 straight games when taking the lead into the eighth inning. The team has not lost such a game since July 4, when the D-backs came from behind, 6-5, to win, 8-6. Comments