Hudson back Monday, Beachy in 3-4 weeks?

Pitcher Tim Hudson has recovered from back stiffness and is set to start Monday, while Brandon Beachy (oblique strain) is probably at least three weeks from returning to the Braves’ starting rotation.

Beachy, injured while batting during a May 14 game against Philadelphia, played catch from a distance of about 100 feet on Friday.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said once he’s cleared to throw from the mound, the rookie right-hander would need to rebuild arm strength and probably make two or three minor-league rehab starts before he’s ready to return to Atlanta’s rotation.

Beachy was 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA in eight starts before the injury.

Hudson missed a rotation turn Wednesday at Pittsburgh, after returning to Atlanta last weekend to have his back checked by Braves specialists. He has been cleared to pitch Monday’s series opener against San Diego.

The veteran right-hander had back stiffness during a May 20 loss at Anaheim, where he allowed eight runs, seven hits and three walks in 3-2/3 innings – the first time in his career that he allowed as many as eight earned runs in fewer than five innings.

Hudson also hit three batters to match a career high, and his ERA climbed by nearly a run, from 3.03 to 3.95.

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bruce

May 27th, 2011
7:29 pm

more good news!!!

Hawes

May 27th, 2011
9:03 pm

Well, we kind of knew Minor and Beachy would share the fifth spot.

Any injury news on Uggla?

Please!

double

May 27th, 2011
10:05 pm

Braves errors and Ga bank failures.

mathman

May 27th, 2011
11:31 pm

Poor defense and no hitting again. Fredi made several tactical errors again. Should have had Schafer running in the 1st inning and it would have at least avoided the DP. Only bright spot was Schafer on base 3 times with 2 hits and a walk.
Fredi, when Schafer gets on, hit and run or let him steal. Chipper says “we must play with more urgency in the 1st inning.” Fielding by pitchers was atrocious as well.

Patrick

May 28th, 2011
12:02 am

Monday? But if he was hurt May 20th, then the full 15 days haven’t passed by Monday?

mathman

May 28th, 2011
12:20 am

Hudson was never put on the DL Patrick.

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