Minor to replace Hudson; McLouth to DL?

ANAHEIM – Braves pitcher Tim Hudson will have his stiff back examined in Atlanta on Monday, and rookie Mike Minor will be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to start in the veteran’s place Wednesday at Pittsburgh.

The plan is for Hudson to rejoin the rotation for a May 30 start, and for Minor to make another start May 31, a spot-start date where a replacement was needed for injured fifth starter Brandon Beachy.

Hudson’s back stiffened in Friday’s game against Anaheim, when he allowed eight runs in 3-2/3 innings in one of the worst starts of his career.

He had said he would do everything he could to make his next scheduled start, but the Braves took that out of his hands, making the decision not to let him push too hard trying to get back so quickly.

“We want to make sure the stiffness calms down,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “It’s stiffness; it’s not spasms. He’s flying back to Atlanta to have doctors look at him tomorrow, to have X-rays or an MRI… We just want to make sure.”

Hudson will not join the team in Pittsburgh for a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday, which concludes a seven-game, three-city trip. The Braves are off Monday.

Hudson allowed seven hits, three walks and hit three batters  Friday, and for the first time in his career gave up eight earned runs in fewer than five innings. His ERA jumped from 3.03 to 3.95.

Since throwing a one-hit shutout against Milwaukee on May 4, Hudson is 0-2 with a 7.47 ERA in his past three starts, with four homers allowed in 15-2/3 innings and more walks (10) than strikeouts (eight).

In seven starts through the one-hitter, he had a 2.86 ERA and allowed only one homer and eight walks with 26 strikeouts in 50-1/3 innings.

Minor is 2-2 with a 2.73 ERA in eight starts at Gwinnett, with 54 strikeouts and 14 walks in 52-2/3 innings.The left-hander gave up a season-high 10 hits and four earned runs in eight innings Friday against Minnesota’s Triple-A affiliate, after allowing two runs or fewer in six of seven previous starts.

In his only major league start this season, he was roughed up April 6 at Milwaukee — seven hits, five runs and four walks in 4-1/3 innings.

Minor lost the No. 5 starter competition to Beachy during spring training, after going 3-2 with a 5.98 ERA in nine games (eight starts) for the Braves in 2010.

Beachy is on the disabled list with a strained oblique.

McLouth hoping to avoid DL

Center fielder Nate McLouth strained his left oblique while checking his swing on the fourth pitch of the first inning Sunday. He left the game, and could land on the DL if his condition isn’t improved before Tuesday.

“I had [an oblique strain] a few years back, but it was really minor,” McLouth said. “I think I only missed three or four games.

“I don’t want to speculate [on the pending DL decision]. We have a day off tomorrow, luckily, and I’m going to see how it feels. I’m just really hoping it’s not going  to be a DL thing.”

McLouth took a few swings after the injury to see if he’d be able to continue, but the pain was too severe.

“It was kind of a checked swing on a ball in the dirt,” he said. “I kind of fired like I was going to swing, from by backside, and then stopped real quick. But I’ve done it a million times on breaking balls in the dirt, things like that.

“I was just hoping it was maybe a cramp, or s spasm, but it didn’t go away.”

Diory Hernandez finished the at-bat and grounded out. After the inning, Hernandez moved to third base, Joe Mather switched from right field to center, Martin Prado from third base to left field, and Eric Hinske from left field to right field.

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May 22nd, 2011
5:21 pm

Minor pitched very well in the Gwinnett, but also gave up 5 HR in a row for his last 5 starts


May 22nd, 2011
5:39 pm

Larry Parrish is a horrible hitting coach. The Braves hitters look clueless and it doesn’t seem like he is doing anything to help them snap out of it. At least TP sat on the front step and watched every at bat, I think Freddie making him hitting coach over TP is the main problem with the Braves. This guy is clueless and lazy and needs to go!


May 22nd, 2011
5:40 pm

Welcome back Minor !


May 22nd, 2011
5:41 pm

Beachy hurt, Hudson hurt, team can’t hit……..not looking good.


May 22nd, 2011
5:47 pm

This is why you don’t trade away good young pitching.



May 22nd, 2011
5:49 pm

Thats right gcs..and you don’t jump ship because you have a small leak as some wish. The Braves will be back!

Hit A Single

May 22nd, 2011
6:00 pm

Just seems like when the going gets tough we start having all these injuries. Maybe we need to look at our strength and stretching program. I sometimes wonder if Cal Ripken had an olbique muscle. I know one thing, he had a big heart. The Braves team today has looked heartless.

Hit A Single

May 22nd, 2011
6:01 pm

I meant oblique! See I can’t even spell. Heck I never heard of it until the last couple of years, especially when Batting averages started to drop and ERA’s went up.

south al fan

May 22nd, 2011
6:31 pm

how longer is freddie going to keep uggler batting high in line up? he needs some one that can make contact and get ball out of infield…


May 22nd, 2011
6:33 pm

Speaking of trading young pitching away, Harrison shuts out Phillies today and Morton is 5-1 with Pitt after throwing a CG shutout on Friday. Former Braves.


May 22nd, 2011
10:00 pm

How much is Uggla getting paid per hit?


May 22nd, 2011
10:18 pm

I agree that Freddie and the Braves did a horrible job with the Hitting Coach hire. I don’t he’s ever been one at the ML level? It’s been showing all year. We have hitters on this team and they look pathetic aside from Mcann and Prado. Freeman is picking it up, but Chipper, Heyward, and Uggla are HORRIBLE!!!


May 22nd, 2011
10:24 pm


Billy Marlin

May 22nd, 2011
10:58 pm

I’m glad Uggla is with the Braves. Marlins’ philosophy is not to overpay for mediocre players.

Enjoy !


May 22nd, 2011
11:02 pm

Hey, Bill, I’m not sure saying the Braves will be “back” is a good choice of words, given Hudson and McOut’s injuries.

Capitol Avenue Club has done a great job cataloguing how impatient and aggressive Braves hitters have been this year compared to last year. This COULD be a decent OBP team, but not if they are swinging at junk.

Larry Parrish had a terrible OBP as a player, why did anyone think he could coach a team to be good at something he himself was terrible at?

Brave Fan

May 22nd, 2011
11:04 pm

Braves can’t make things happen. Everything has to go perfect. Too many dead pull hitters. No speed at all. Most starters have to have an extra base hit to score from second.


May 23rd, 2011
12:37 am

@Hawes Some people complained that the Braves hitters were too passive and complacent under TP and thought taking our great OBP team from last year and adding an aggressive hitting coach would bring out the best in this team… seems like the opposite, that is, if we just want to attribute all success/failure on the coaching staff…


May 23rd, 2011
1:16 am

The Braves are fine and are about to go on a tear. Heyward sophomore slump was expected. TP does not need to be hitting coach EVER again. Some of you people panic when there is NO need. If you KNOW baseball then you should see that the team is just now coming together and if injuries do not keep guys out of the lineup for too long, all is well and may even be a blessing in disguise as far as Heyward goes. He has a chance to regroup and refocus. It is going to be OK. OK?

Linebrink for Cy / Uggla for MVP

May 23rd, 2011
2:48 am

“The Braves are fine and are about to go on a tear”

I’m just not seeing that. Injury problems starting to pile up, the whole “offense sucks right now” thing, and the pitching seems to be coming back down a bit. I think for the next month they’ll play about .500 baseball with their longest winning streaks being probably 2 games long at most ……


May 23rd, 2011
3:32 am

Prorated for the season to date, Uggla has received $77,142.86 per hit. For reference, each of Brooks Conrad’s hits has cost $42.725. If Joe Mather is making the same salary that he did last year, his dozen hits have come for only $10,000 each.

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May 23rd, 2011
7:20 am

kB, wake up to reality, the team didn’t hit for TP and they are not hitting for LP, just maybe its time for the offense to wake up and understand that they are the problem.


May 23rd, 2011
7:45 am

Nate’s injury is disappointing but I think the bigger concern is Heyward’s shoulder. The violence in his swing was bound to take its toll at some point but sure didn’t expect it to be so soon. Might just be a blip but he did admit that it’s been bothering him since spring training. We can overcome Uggla’s woes, but not sure we can compete for the wild card without Heyward’s consistent contribution.


May 23rd, 2011
7:58 am

It is obvious that the only category in which modern players are head and shoulders above the players of earlier eras is in the ability to land on the DL. This is ridiculous.

Tom B.

May 23rd, 2011
8:11 am

well, another year gone to crap; why don’t these guys take better of themselves? Welcome to third place…..

Furman Bitcher

May 23rd, 2011
8:39 am

Guys the blaring hole has been Uggla. He has been horrible. I want my money back. How many guys has he left on base?????? If he was hitting we could get through these injuries.

Ted Abernathy

May 23rd, 2011
8:41 am

Uggla is standing too far from the plate for someone with short arms. Where did Parrish come from? Why not get McCann’s brother as hitting coach or at least put him in Gwinnett.


May 23rd, 2011
9:35 am

As a viewer/fan of every BRAVES game, I see a team that is not giving 100%.
They just do seem like they want to be here. Jones does not run to first he trots too many times the players hit the first pitch and it goes nowhere, in addition to many players watch the 3rd strike go by. UGGLA is bad news, he needs to go back to AAA and begin his career all over. The braves can not HIT, RUN or PITCH, with the exception of JJ.
TROUBLE is looming everywhere and it is only May.


May 23rd, 2011
9:44 am

Yeah…the season is over…late May..already 3.5 games out of first. Come on people…our Braves are still in good shape…even without the hitting we expected and admittedly need….but dont bury these guys just yet!


May 23rd, 2011
9:52 am

Another painful year of underachievement. There is no life in this team starting with the manager. This is the most disfunctional lineup I have seen in some years – and that’s saying a lot!


May 23rd, 2011
10:11 am

And the list of Braves Pitcher injures just go on and on and on and on – ever since McDowell became the PC. Is this his fault because of his conditioning program and the way he handles pitchers — Perhaps, perhaps not. One year, did we have 3 of the 5 projected starters on the DL – or was it 4. At first the excuse was that most of our pitchers were old. This is no longer true. His fault or not, it would seem to make sense to make a change and see what happened – especially with Leo available. It does no good to develop great pitching talent if they continue to be have injury after injury.


May 23rd, 2011
10:50 am

no hustle at all. ground balls where guys just jog to first…
and i hope im wrong but heyward reminds me of Bob Horner. He is hurt more than healthy…


May 23rd, 2011
11:22 am

Soon enough, every game that the Braves play will be a “futures” type game. At this rate, in a couple months time, the Braves may be playing all their home games in Gwinnett.

So, 2/3 of the Braves starting outfield is either on the DL or headed that way. 2/5 of the startng rotation is on the DL or could be heading that way. And Chipper has one foot or knee, if you will, in the DL door. Another key member on the the DL is Peter Moylan, who seemed to be the only man standing between Johnny Venters and a ridiculous number of appearances that may come back to haunt the Braves near seasons end. All this and they have to rest their biggest offensive threat, being Brian McCann, every few days and thankfully Ross has been great so far.

And will Uggla start to produce? The power seems to be there, but the contact is lacking in a kind of Uggly way. Not much of a threat when you can only get on base by hit about 19% of the time (and thats rounding a horrible number up).

Oh how sweet it would be if they find a way to win and somehow make the playoffs. I guess thats why we watch, because I would hate to miss the magic if it happens again. Go Braves!

Chuck M.

May 23rd, 2011
12:00 pm

I knew it woulsd start blame the hitting coach for the braves lack of hitting.Come folks its not the coach,its the players.You guys blamed TP for the past few years for the Braves lack of hitting.now you blame Parrish.wow!


May 23rd, 2011
12:04 pm

@ Chuck M. – Parrish should be taking Uggla to the side and telling him what he sees as the problem. It isn’t to difficult to see that they are pounding him on the outside corner, with mostly breaking balls. From where he is in the box, he can’t reach those pitches. And beside reaching the pitches, he seems to be trying to pull everything. You aren’t going to pull outside pitches!


May 23rd, 2011
12:39 pm

How about this – Let’s just forfeit this season… maybe trade Uggla for Harrison or Morton since they are former Braves and are doing well right now.. How about trading Heyward as well just for the hang of it and include LP in the package or trade Hudson since he is injured or heck trade everyone since the Braves ’suck’ now.

Sheessh… It’s just May people.. Braves are just 3.5 games back in the division. Take it easy on your morning coffee folks! Too much caffeine will kill you.


May 23rd, 2011
12:50 pm

Does Shaffer come up if McClouth goes on the DL – not real impressive numbers for Jordan so far.

John A.

May 23rd, 2011
1:29 pm

I thought TP was the worse hitting coach ever (according to all the complaints in the past) but now LP seems to be worse….LMAO. As for McLouth, he is a disaster. He always has excuses, but never seems to blame himself for his failures.

John A.

May 23rd, 2011
1:31 pm

Wake up Frank…..McLouth is not a Major Leaguer!!!!!!!!!!!! HE IS A WANNA BE!!!!!!!!!!


May 23rd, 2011
1:37 pm

yea we nned heywards contibutions that is his stike outs and feeble grpounders to second mathers done more in a week then the bums done all year lol roy???


May 23rd, 2011
1:42 pm

What? You mean it is the player’s responsibility to hit? It isn’t TP’s fault? Come on! All you fans could do is blame TP the last few years and now Parrish? Coaches can only do so much. I didn’t realize that some of you actually hang out during practice with the coaches and can see that Parrish isn’t talking to each player one on one. Get real! You have no idea what is going on behind the scene! Players need to take some resposibility and start working on their holes. These guys will be fine and the Braves will turn it around. 1 1/2 months does not equal a full MLB season. The Braves have plenty of time to turn it around! Let’s Go Braves!

chief pitchanono

May 23rd, 2011
1:52 pm

Yes, Fire Parrish! there I said it, I was starting to feel guilty for all the bad things I said about TP last year. The stats are starting to look a little different than they were last year, but come on, this is essentially the same team on the field. If Parrish is preaching over aggresiveness then I agree it needs to stop, but I doubt he is out their telling these guys to swing a bad pitches. These are MLB hitters and they know which pitches they should take. I think its a combination of things up to this point. 1. Better pitching 2.Bad luck, it happens to everyone in baseball, some of our guys have hit the cover off the ball but its right at somebody everytime. 3. poor execution, its true, so far some of our guys are just haveing poor at bats. 4. Finally, because the offense really hasn’t clicked all year, we have guys who are pressing right now. Some of the leaders need to step up and get everyone to relax and just play day to day. Forget about slumps and what happened the day before and just play. They will get this thing fixed, but in the mean time they have to keep doing what they have been able to do so far, and win enough to stay in the race untill things start clicking. Thats the good thing so far, nobody is walking away with anything right now, so we just have to keep grinding along and hopefully we will hit our stride in June or July. Go Braves!!!


May 23rd, 2011
2:40 pm

What is unfortunate is that this team was not hitting before these injuries to McLouth and Heyward. However, now we can bank on hearing the “got to get everybody healthy…” stuff for awhile, which is true but not true at the same time. This team had a full squad and showed it could really use another bat. The pitching is too good to be wasted with this well below average offense.

Fire Frank Wren

May 23rd, 2011
2:48 pm

Heyward has Greg Oden (NBA) old man disease…oldest 21 yr old of all time. Uggla will come around…he was never going to hit more than .255 anyway. It really isn’t that far from .185 Personally, I think Freeman…who will maybe hit his weight .220 and Heyward are tremendous busts and completely over ballyhooed by the Braves PR and local media.

william in pasadena

May 23rd, 2011
4:14 pm

Foghorn, where are you? Are you reading the crap on this blog from all of the Chipper lovers who blasted TP for years? The Braves (management) are just downright stupid. Too miuch money for 2-3 players, sitting on their hands and waiting for minor league players to turn into major league players, not oing after ood hitters when they were available (see Matt Kemp), etc. The Braves need to package a pitcher and a starter for a very good hitter. No matter how many great pitchers you have, you can never win a game if you don’t score a run (hello). Then they should get a speedy, good leadoff hitter. Speed can make a huge difference when they are on base because it can distract the pitcher and help the batters. Right now, the Braves have too much junk, and not enough quality. I have been trying to tell you dipsticks this for the past 3 years. It wasn’t TP’s fault, or Parrish’s. When you get to the big show, you should know how to hit, and run the bases. You need balance. It is stupid to have 8-9 good pitchers and 1 or 2 good hitters. In the Braves games, it seems like the first team to score 2 or more runs win. The pitchers have very little room for error because the ability to score runs is pathetic. Hey, vote for me for GM!

Dennis Reynolds

May 23rd, 2011
5:17 pm

Ive posted this numerous times already but Im really curious as to what you think. Do you think Constanza will get the call in the event McLouth is DL’ed?
I have a feeling they’ll call Schafer even though he doesnt bring anything to the table (speed,power,OBP) just because he’s a “top prospect” He’s a .250 career hitter. Constanza is a .300 hitter with above average speed. Whats the deal?


May 23rd, 2011
5:33 pm

Schafer brings several things to the table better than Constanza. Schafer’s speed is good. He has the best OF arm in the organization and defense is a plus plus. He also is a very good bunter and gets a lot of walks. Good leadoff man candidate.

He would likely get the call over Constanza also because he is already on the 40 man roster. Constanza isn’t.


May 23rd, 2011
5:38 pm

Fifty bucks says McLouth ends up on the DL.


May 23rd, 2011
6:39 pm

Am I good or what?

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