For a few hours Friday, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson thought about calling it quits.

After learning he had re-torn the ulnar collateral ligament repaired via Tommy John surgery last July, Hudson was "50-50" between retiring and going through the rehab process again, but, ultimately, he decided he had no choice but to work his way back again.

"I'd be lying to you if I said all I thought about was getting it fixed," Hudson said Sunday. "People have it way worse than I do, so I figured if I didn’t at least try, I couldn't look at myself in the mirror five years from now."

Hudson originally tore his right UCL last June 26 and had Tommy John surgery July 9. He was making his first rehab start with Double-A Mobile early last week when he exited the game with elbow stiffness. An MRI confirmed he had re-torn the ligament.

Hudson said the news was hard to take, and he spent the next couple hours contemplating retirement, not sure he could go through another year or more of rehab and not playing baseball.

"I didn't even want to see anybody," Hudson said. "I just sat at my house and tried to make sense of it, but it didn't really work, so it's nice to come in here and see everybody.

"I just tried to stop feeling sorry for myself. It was tough. It's a crappy statement, but it is what it is. You've got to try to do what you can to stay in this game as long as possible."