Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday. Hudson, 36, underwent back surgery in November and is rehabbing the injury in the minors before being activated from the disabled list.
In two rehab starts for the Single-A Rome Braves Hudson is 0-2 with a 7.71 earned run average.
But statistics aren't what's important for a veteran like Hudson making rehab starts in the minors. For Hudson, and the Braves, it's more important that the hurler gets back into the rhythm of pitching every fifth day, that his pitches are sharp, and that there is no pain lingering from his back injury.
For the most part I feel pretty good where Im at physically, just got to make some better pitches, Hudson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Obviously thats going to come as I have more time on the mound and more bullpens, working on that kind of stuff on the side.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told the AJC that he liked the number of ground balls Hudson was forcing with his pitches. Hudson felt he needed to move his pitches a little further off the plate, but both Gonzalez and Hudson are pleased with the progress thus far.
First pitch is schedule for 7:05 p.m. ET on CSS.