Daniel Hudson already had thrown simulated games and faced hitters in a batting practice environment, but he didn’t feel like his return from elbow surgery was getting closer until he pitched to hitters wearing different uniforms on Friday morning.

“The light at the end of the tunnel is getting a little bit brighter now,” Hudson said after throwing four innings against Los Angeles Angels minor-leaguers in an extended spring-training game at Salt River Fields.

Hudson threw 53 pitches, giving up two runs on five hits, walking none and striking out one.

He seemed pleased with the way things went, happy he was able to get a bunch of ground-ball outs and get out of the heat in relatively short order. He said his slider could use some work, as well as his command, which he thinks will improve with more outings.

According to the team, his fastball sat in the 91-93 mph range throughout the outing.

“It's a good sign,” Hudson said. “That's pretty much where I used to throw before I got hurt. Hopefully, maybe I can add a couple of ticks, I'm sure it'll come … once I get my arm strength built up.”

Hudson said he was scheduled to throw a bullpen on Monday and pitch in another game in extended spring training on Thursday, but he declined to spell out a target date for his return to the majors, though the team has been saying a return in June isn’t out of the question.