Hudson impresses in back-to-back sessions

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – If the Braves weren’t sure that Tim Hudson was healed completely from August 2008 elbow surgery, they wouldn’t have signed the veteran to three-year, $28 million extension in November.

But if they wanted more evidence for comfort’s sake, they got some as team officials watched Hudson throw batting practice Saturday and again Sunday during the first two days of pitchers-and-catchers workouts at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

“Excellent,” manager Bobby Cox said. “Back-to-back days. He’s right there. Splitter, breaking ball, cutter, four-seamer, sinkers, everything. Right on the money.”

Hudson went 2-1 with a 3.61 ERA in seven late-season starts after returning from the disabled list following a 12-month recovery from ligament-transplant surgery. He is 56-39 with a 3.76 ERA in 128 games since being traded to the Braves in December 2004, after going 92-39 with a 3.30 ERA in 183 starts for Oakland.

After watching the 34-year-old work intently on Sunday, Cox said, “You can tell he’s been an ace before and will be again. Great movement, the split… I don’t want to talk too highly of him; it’s only the second day. But it’s really good to see.

“He’s worked hard this winter. He’s thrown a lot of bullpens in Atlanta with Roger [McDowell, pitching coach]. He’s right on target. No arm issues, no holding him back, nothing like that.”

When someone said that must be especially nice to see after the Braves made the three-year commitment to Hudson, Cox replied, “It’s a good guy to commit to. He’s in terrific shape, and his arm strength is strong.”

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Tater

February 21st, 2010
5:55 pm

DOB-

Been reading the blog as long as you have been posting it, but have never posted a comment until now. Just wanted to say thanks. And also that I really appreciate the new “blog-ettes.” That is above and beyond the call type reporting. Anyway, hope to chime in with nolie, steve from oh, mcfann, soph, thick and all the other regs during the season. But just for my quick two cents, gotta say I think FW has done a good job putting this team together given the parameters he is working in, and (no disrespect to JS) covering for that Teixiera trade that cleaned the cupboard. Looking forward to a fine 2010 baseball season, maybe a little postseason, hopeflly a new Radiohead album (thanks for the $1.99 Kid A tip a few weeks back) and to what you gotta say about all that business.

BravesMania

February 21st, 2010
6:47 pm

Any idae if Hudson got some of his velocity back being he has gotten better and further from his TJ surgery.I read he strengthen his and he is able to throw all his pitches,did he regain his velocity.On one of his video highlights prior to TJ he was able to get up to 94 even 95 once I seen.

Ralph

February 21st, 2010
9:29 pm

Bobby Cox has yet to meet a player that didn;t impress him, yesterday it was Wagoner, today it was Hudson, tomorow it will be somebody else, Even Norton impressed Cox, your a nice guy Bobby but we need a kick butt manager.

lee baker

February 21st, 2010
9:43 pm

also my first time posting cant wait for the season to get started i like moves made this offseason got a great rotation hudson jurrjens lowe hanson kawakami pen wagner saito moylan oflaherty chavez medlen proctor or dunn lineup mclouth prado chipper glaus mccann escobar heyward diaz or melky i’ll put that rotation up against anyone our bullpen has the chance to be the best we ever put together lineup is gonna produce just gotta believe every team has question marks we have several but this could be the year we get back to playoffs dont care divison or wc doesnt matter thks dob for the great blogs this is so awesome i should have been doing a long time ago

A-Ville Ranger

February 21st, 2010
10:01 pm

I caught the part about Tim working with McDowell in the off season.It’s been a peeve of mine in the past that Roger seemed to be a clock puncher.

A-Ville Ranger

February 21st, 2010
10:04 pm

I caught the part about Tim working with McDowell in the off season.It’s been a peeve of mine in the past that Roger seemed like a clock puncher employee.

lee baker

February 21st, 2010
10:27 pm

I believe hudson may have big year this year after huddy missing out most of last year think he has something to prove

David O'Brien

February 21st, 2010
11:31 pm

BravesMania: it’ll be interesting to see, but I won’t be surprised if he throws a little harder than he did before the surgery, or at least in the last couple of years. Huddy thinks his elbow might’ve been deteriorating for a while.

Perhaps as important and maybe even more so, he says his shoulder strength had slipped in recent years and he didn’t even realize it until after he got hurt and began doing rehab work to strengthen the shoulder muscles in the period before he was able to use his elbow again.

bravesfaninNashville

February 21st, 2010
11:33 pm

Tim Hudson knows how to pitch and is a great competitor. Now that he’s not injured and he’s pitching with all of his pitches doing what he used to be able to do with them I think we’ll see him return to Ace status. He didn’t have one of the best winning percentages in baseball by luck. I don’t think he was ever fully healthy since he came to Atlanta. I am excited to see the real Tim Hudson in the Braves deep rotation. D Lowe will probably get back to a career average year and Hanson and JJ should keep growing. Our starters should keep us in almost every game and the pen won’t blow many. If we can do the little things on offense like advancing runners, bunting effectively and being intelligent base runners the Braves should win a lot of games 3-2 or 4-3. This should be the year we reverse the trend of losing all of those 1 run games.

MadDog31

February 22nd, 2010
7:09 am

Dave, Any chance at all Bobby Cox returns in 2011? And, is this really his deccision or is Frank Wren nudging him a little to get his own manager? I also haven’t seen any articles on who might replace Bobby. Do the Braves have a man “in the wings?”

Macon Braves (RIP)

February 22nd, 2010
8:30 am

Aggravation setting in!!!!!!!!!!!!1

hal

February 22nd, 2010
8:53 am

the braves have all the guys on this blog in mind there all way better managers then bobby lol

Kharma

February 22nd, 2010
9:05 am

You should try doing some reporting. Dr Mike Marshall lives about an hour from the Braves training camp. He can tell you the fate of Mr Hudson and all pitchers that continue to take the ball out of the glove with their hand on top of the ball.

DaveInDallas(NC)

February 22nd, 2010
9:08 am

DOB, I know much talk has been centered around Jason Heyward- and rightfully so- as the most likely young player to stick with the Atlanta team. Who are some other young players that you see as possibly breaking camp with the Braves and heading back to Atlanta.

Leonardo

February 22nd, 2010
9:24 am

Does he still have the kangaroo balls in his locker?

Nathan Mayer

February 22nd, 2010
9:57 am

ATL is run like a good ol’ boy club. Why show loyalty to Hudson after he’s been a disappointment and is a huge question mark? We could have let him go and kept Javy V who was a Cy Young quality pitcher last year. Now we’ve got the disasterous Lowe contract to deal with and now Hudson as well. Sigh… and still a sub par offense.

Bobby McGee

February 22nd, 2010
10:12 am

Joe Torre for Mgr. in 2011
Damon in 2010

Jared

February 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

Question: Who have been the more consistent pitchers in their careers between Hudson, Lowe, and Vazquez?

Answer: The two guys who are still in Braves uniforms.

You people who are so stuck on Vazquez’s career year probably didn’t even like the move to bring him here. Its ridiculous. Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe are BOTH better pitchers than Vazquez.

Ed Glennon

February 22nd, 2010
5:13 pm

I am so excited about baseball starting that I would pay to watch DOB warm up in the bullpen.

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