Hudson’s fine after being treated for dehydration

WASHINGTON – When Tim Hudson entered the clubhouse Sunday morning, Braves backup catcher David Ross applauded, smiled and said, “He’s alive!”

Hudson was alive and well, but looked as if he hadn’t slept. For good reason.

The Braves pitcher left Friday’s win against Washington in the sixth inning after cramping from dehydration. He was taken to a local hospital and received five bags of fluids intraveneously.

Hudson didn’t return to the team hotel until after 3 a.m.

“It was pretty exhausting,” he said, then smiled. “Five bags of fluid. I [peed] all night. I didn’t sleep, all I’ve been doing is [peeing].”

Hudson was charged with three runs and nine hits in 5-2/3 innings and collected his 16th win. Four hits and two runs came in the sixth inning, when his hands were shaking and he had severe cramping beneath his right collarbone.

He’s had cramping issues from dehydration in the past, particularly in his first couple of seasons with the Braves after spending six years with Oakland to begin his career. A stricter game-day routine in recent seasons helped him control the situation.

Hudson, 36, said he neglected to follow the routine Friday because he thought there would be a long rain delay before the first pitch – the delay was only 14 minutes – and he had paid attention to the moderate temperature but not the high humidity.

“It was about 98 percent humidity after the rain, and it just got him,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said.

Hudson’s pregame routine usually includes a meal two hours before the game and, he said, intravenous fluids when conditions call for it. That’s most of the time, especially in Atlanta.

He didn’t have his meal early enough Saturday and the next thing he knew, he was told it was time to start getting ready because the game was going to start earlier than many had anticipated.

“I just didn’t prepare for the game like I should have, as far as hydrating,” he said. “I thought we were going to have a long delay…. Normally I get IVs before the game, but I looked at the weather and it was 72, and I said I don’t need ‘em.”

Manager Fredi Gonzalez, got a text at 3:15 a.m. notifiying him that Hudson had just left the hospital and was fine after getting fluids. He told the pitcher to sleep in, get some rest and arrive later than usual for Saturday’s 1:05 p.m. game.

When Hudson entered the clubhouse at about 11:15 a.m., his jersey hung conspicuously in front of his locker.

“What, did I die?” he said, laughing. “Is this like a memorial?”

Hudson will follow his usual between-starts timetable and is scheduled to start the regular-season finale Wednesday against Philadelphia. If the Braves clinch the wild-card berth before then, Tommy Hanson or another pitcher might make that start and Hudson could be held back for the division series.

15 comments Add your comment

BoroBall3

September 24th, 2011
3:13 pm

Bulldog… he is the guy we want out there to throw

urban redneck

September 24th, 2011
3:23 pm

what a stud. love me some huddy. we are really blessed that he is around the clubhouse to show the new kids how it’s done, and done well.

bj

September 24th, 2011
3:26 pm

Cards lose today..wild card getting bigger unless Braves lose..3

really?

September 24th, 2011
3:39 pm

IV’s before every game? really? Why doesn’t he just try drinking a couple litres of water the morning/lunch of game day with some electrolyte pills?

bj

September 24th, 2011
3:42 pm

Cards win in 9th..Braves are loing in 8th…wc 2

bj

September 24th, 2011
3:42 pm

Zenman

September 24th, 2011
4:00 pm

We assume the trainers would provide proper fluids before and during the game.
Marmol may be the worst closer in baseball history. He is a joke.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

September 24th, 2011
4:03 pm

@ Zenman…u r correct sir…that was pathetic, can’t believe the Cubs didn’t have a guy that would go after the hitters there…the Braves need get a W tomorrow…

extremus

September 24th, 2011
4:08 pm

Well, it appears to be official according to SI.com; beginning next season there will be two wildcard teams in each league, who will face each other in a one-game playoff to determine who advances.

My personal thoughts: MLB can’t seem to make a correct move anymore. If folks think the current playoff system is broken, just wait till their team plays 162 games for the top wildcard seed and then sees all that anticipation go up in flames to a lesser team in a one-game “series”. Yeah, I think that could get ugly fast.

The one advantage it would give those teams who’ve earned a division championship is an extra couple of days to set their playoff rotation; other than that it’s the same ol’ crapshoot. But man, seeing your whole season come down to one single game is just asking for a lot of ticked-off fans in at least two cities each year after the fact. Probably not a good idea to “promote renewed interest” in MLB playoff baseball; it could have the opposite effect.

jimbean

September 24th, 2011
4:10 pm

what a mess marmol was.

this is exactly why the braves needed to get their act together and win some games. the sooner we clinch, the sooner this group can get prepared for the post season. if not, we have the cards dogging our arses until the end.

god forbid we drag this cr*p until the last day again…just make it easy on yourselves for once…

jimbean

September 24th, 2011
4:13 pm

extremus, i think you’re absolutely correct.

the two wild card team system sounds really dumb and unnecessary. i know ol’ man selig thinks that the playoffs need to be more competitive…if he truly believes that he’d place a salary cap on teams…not expand the playoff structure to include more teams.

what’s the point of playing 162 games a year if you have to deal with another mini playoff??? ridiculous!

Robert fm Woodstock

September 24th, 2011
4:20 pm

I’m sorry Parrish has to go as he was a power hitter in his playing days for Detroit. The Braves must bring in a hitting coach that requires all players to be able to shorten their swings with 2 outs are runners in scoring position. Bmac is a great player but he tires out at the end of the season with no offensive output. He needs to lose about 25 to 30 lbs in the offseason, where his body will allow him to be more offensive productive the last week of the season. Roger McDowell should be angry at the number of 0-2 pitches that have caused the Braves runs like today.

bj

September 24th, 2011
4:40 pm

Fredi said he gave green light to Bourn in 8th ..trying to get offence moving.

Bourn was safe in replays but damn ump can’t get his rear in position to call it right. Tag was in chest and his feet on base. That didn’t lose the game..no hitting lost the game.
Need to play Constanza more also.

Charlie T

September 25th, 2011
12:11 am

Lucky Hudson wasn’t ruined for the season……………….FG needs to get guys out when they are in that bad of shape. Don’t care if Hudson didn’t want to come out. He could have collasped out there

Younger Than That Now

September 25th, 2011
3:44 am

You are right extremus… this added wildcard, only to be narrowed to a single team by a one game playoff is absolutely an assinine move. I understand that it’s a personal thing for Bud Selig to get this done… why, I have no idea… but it’s just plain stupid.

Huddy dodged a potential bullet Friday night… it seems minor now, but it could have been much worse. I shudder to think now that there were valid rumors of the Braves trying to move him a couple of years ago. Boy, that would have been a big mistake… then and now! Huddy has been big time for the Braves and a sure fire “go to guy” in many instances since he’s been in Atlanta. I’m very glad that he’s an Atlanta Brave.

Historically, I’m not a coach or manager basher, but I’ve got to say that Fredi G. has a lot to learn about handling a pitching staff, and more specifically the bullpen. He’s either pulling starters when they’re in their stride and going good, just so he can bring in the young HOT trifecta… and I certainly have no problems with those guys… or leaving a starter in too long when he’s obviously out of gas, as he did Hudson last night.

Veteran guys like Hudson and Lowe shouldn’t have pitch counts. They should be in the game as long as they’re effective… at least to a reasonable level. The younger starters I can understand the pitch counts with them and would encourage them at least until the young guys get their legs under them. But using the triple bullpen threat so much has caused those young guys to be overused as well, and unfortunately we’ve seen a slight difference in their performance lately, especially in Johnny Venters. It doesn’t matter if they come in and don’t make but 12-15 pitches… the stress and strain on their arms is the same if they get up and get loose in the bullpen, and those guys have been used a lot this year and now we’re going to ask them to give us their best performances in the postseason… hopefully.

But I’m pulling for the Braves all the way and hope they can pull this thing out… and shortly!!

GO BRAVES!!

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