Vivlamore reporting from Lake Buena Vista, Fla. today.
While the Braves play the Marlins this afternoon at Champion Stadium, two players will be working toward returns not far from the main complex.
Right-hander Tim Hudson will throw another side session today. Shortstop Jack Wilson will be one player to hit against Hudson before he goes to play in a minor-league game at noon.
Hudson is returning from offseason back surgery (lumbar spine fusion). The 36-year-old threw his first side session last Wednesday. He won’t be ready for the start of the season but recently said he believes he will be ready by May 1.
Wilson strained his right calf in offseason workouts at his home in California. The 34-year-old was expected that he would be out 4 to 6 weeks. That timeline seems accurate as Wilson reminded that he suffered the injury four weeks and one day ago.
“They did a great job getting me back,” said Wilson, who expects to play two or three minor-league games and then be back with the big club. “It will just be a couple of days and then I can really start getting after it.”
Wilson aided the recovery process by doing exercises and icing his calf away from the complex.
LINEUP VS. MARLINS
1. Michael Bourn, CF
2. Martin Prado, LF
3. Chipper Jones, 3B
4. Dan Uggla, 2B
5. Freddie Freeman, 1B
6. Jason Heyward, RF
7. David Ross, C
8. Tyler Pastornicky, SS
9. Brandon Beach, P
In case you missed the notebook item from yesterday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said he would start today using a regular-laden lineup for most of the final 12 games of the spring. He will rotate between Andrelton Simmons and Pastornicky at shortstop as that job is still being decided. He also said Brian McCann will be spelled by Ross from time to time. He wants the group of regular position players to start playing together as a unit. You can expect the same tomorrow against the Mets.