NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and left-hander Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins are the recipients of the 2010 Comeback Player of the Year Award.
Hudson made only seven starts in the 2009 campaign after recovering from Tommy John surgery. However, the right-hander turned in a stellar performance in this season in helping lead the Braves claim the National League wild card berth.
The 35-year-old posted a 17-9 record to go with a 2.83 earned-run average in making 34 starts. His win total was the third-highest in his career, since totaling 20 in 2000 and 18 in 2001.
Hudson threw 228 2/3 innings and racked up 139 strikeouts and held opponents batting averages to .229.
A three-time All-Star selection, Hudson was strong out of the gate, going 4-0 in six starts during the month of May while compiling a 1.59 ERA. He also recorded a pair of five-game winning streaks with the first coming in a seven- start span from May 1 through June 1 when he posted a 1.77 ERA. The next came on July 22 through August 28 over an eight-start stretch.
Earning the American League honor was Liriano, who was slow to regain his form after missing the entire 2007 season due to Tommy John surgery. He made only 14 starts in 2008 and 24 in '09 while suffering from arm fatigue.
However, the 26-year-old turned in a 14-10 record with a 3.62 ERA while throwing 191 2/3 innings this season. He ended with 201 strikeouts which was good for fifth most in the AL. Liriano's wins, starts (31), innings pitched and strikeouts were all career bests.
Liriano, who was selected as the AL Pitcher of the Month in April after going 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA, was the only AL pitcher with an ERA under 1.00 during the month.
Last year's winners were St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter and Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill.