Hudson, Wilson working toward returns

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.

108 comments Add your comment

Jay Dubu

March 22nd, 2012
8:49 am

Good morning Blog!

TennesseePaul

March 22nd, 2012
8:52 am

Thanks for the work Super V.

GO BRAVES!

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
8:52 am

Two weeks today….

smalltownbravesfan

March 22nd, 2012
8:54 am

would love to see Simmons win the job , but have a feeling Pastornicky will win it.

smalltownbravesfan

March 22nd, 2012
8:56 am

i guarantee you the pitching staff wants Simmons behind them.

STH

March 22nd, 2012
8:58 am

Could care less if we win or lose just score some damn runs.

64 year Braves fan

March 22nd, 2012
9:16 am

Can’t understand why this offense remains so pitiful. Chipper not retiring is strangling this franchise
from a dollar’s available standpoint. At this stage of his career, he is being way overpaid.

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
9:16 am

That lineup is pretty much the “A” team, other than Ross / McCann.

reason

March 22nd, 2012
9:18 am

Chipper has been hitting lower in the line-up alot up to this point. I haven’t been reading many comments, so maybe it has been discussed and just not posted in the actual blog. But I see today he is in his normal 3 hole, has Fredi said where he plans to hit Chipper?

flange1

March 22nd, 2012
9:19 am

Thanks for the new blog Chris!

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
9:30 am

The one thing I’m NOT concerned about is Chipper hitting. He will.

Brava

March 22nd, 2012
9:36 am

Good morning, Lew. Yeah, I don’t think Chipper hitting is a concern.

Bravesfaninmetsland

March 22nd, 2012
9:37 am

Woo Hoo MLB at bat back for Blackberry, Braves start playing the regulars for 8 innings. Spring is here! Go Braves!!

flange1

March 22nd, 2012
9:39 am

Brava,

Thanks for you review from spring training yesterday.

I was really glad to here your review of Hanson. I got home late an watched Tommy pitch on MLB, they did not show velocity, but he looked like he was trowing pretty hard.

Hopefully, this will be his year to shine!

VABravesFan

March 22nd, 2012
9:42 am

Good to see the team finally start to put things together after a rough start to ST.

Brava

March 22nd, 2012
9:45 am

flange, my pleasure. It may be homerish, but I think Tommy is going to have a very good season.

Can’t wait to get out there today and see the regulars (minus BMac) play most of the game.

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
9:46 am

Hey Brava – You having a great time down there in Spring Training Land?

Brava

March 22nd, 2012
9:48 am

I am, Lew. The weather is gorgeous and the atmosphere around ST seems a lot more relaxed than that around regular season games.

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
9:50 am

Brava – Yeah, I’ve always enjoyed ST. Having lived in central Flrodia for close to 20 years and keeping a place in Orlando, I’ve been there a bunch for the last three decades. Not – unfortunately – the past two seasons, though. Last time was in 2010 when I presented Bobby Cox with his retirement portrait. THAT was unreal.

jch

March 22nd, 2012
9:51 am

Agree with whomever said this above – win or lose, just score some runs!

With the regulars in there the final 12 games this should be pretty telling of what to expect from the season; especially the last 6 games or so.

Get after ‘em Bravos!

DE Braves Fan

March 22nd, 2012
9:51 am

Seems like Fredi also wants the regulars to start hitting even more. I hope the pitching can build off Tommy’s good start yesterday. Hopefully Beachy can continue to take steps forward.

Steve

March 22nd, 2012
9:53 am

“atmosphere around ST seems a lot more relaxed than that around regular season games.”

Well what else would the atmosphere be like? It’s not like these are playoff games.

Braves

March 22nd, 2012
9:54 am

would love to see Simmons win the job , but have a feeling Pastornicky will win it.

Of course Pastornicky will win the job. As Buster Olney reported field staff wants Simmons – front office – Pastornicky as they continue to try to justify the ridiculous trade for him and Gonzalez a couple years back.

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
9:54 am

steve – Not as if you could tell that by blog (over) reaction

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
9:57 am

Actually, Buster said that was personal speculation. This front office never says anything and the only comments made poublically were Chipper saying Simmons was a great defender.

Ease

March 22nd, 2012
9:57 am

BREAKING: Chipper has announced he will retire at the end of this season.

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
9:58 am

Turns out Mark DeRosa was important to the Braves’ win yesterday (from Adam Kilgore in the Washington Post):

The Nationals’ loss to the Braves had a goofy ending even by the standards of spring. The Nationals’ final threat died in the 10th inning when, with two outs and two men on base, reliever Ryan Perry struck out looking to end the game.

Perry had been forced into the batter’s box because the Nationals ran out of players. Their Class AAA and AA teams had traveled for the day, so Johnson could not summon any minor leaguers. And a perfect series of events led to the rest of the bench being empty.

Before the game, Johnson joked with Mark DeRosa, who was not starting, that, “I’m saving you for a left-hander with the game on the line.” DeRosa remained on the bench until the eighth inning, at which point Johnson did not want to risk DeRosa taking an at-bat after sitting for three hours and injuring his troubled wrist. Johnson gave DeRosa standard spring veteran treatment and let him go home. He felt secure it would not be a problem.

“The way I had the pitching lined up, it would have to go 10 innings for the pitcher to hit,” Johnson said. “I should have known.”

Sure enough, the Nationals took a 1-0 lead into the ninth inning, and the Braves scored a run off Perry. The Nationals could not score in the ninth, and Atlanta took advantage of a Danny Espinosa error to score two in the 10th off Perry.

“Coach was like, ‘You may have to hit,’ ” Perry said. “I was like, ‘Whoa, really?’ I didn’t know that was a possibility. My adrenaline was definitely going.”

Still, the Nationals needed a significant rally for Perry to come to the plate. And then Ian Desmond dropped down a bunt single … and Carlos Maldonado walked … and Brett Carroll singled with one out … and Perry, suddenly, stood on deck.

Chad Tracy flied out to left, which Desmond scored on. Left-hander Jose Lugo stood on the mound. The Nationals really could have used DeRosa. Instead, Perry strode to the plate.

“I haven’t swung a bat in like seven years,” Perry said. “It felt like it was 100 coming at me. Totally different view.”

Perry actually made contract twice, fouling two balls down the first base line, before Lugo froze him with a fastball over the plate.

Perry did not want to be in that position, having allowed the game-tying run to force extra innings in the first place. And he did not have much success with the game on line. Still, it was a chance to do something he hadn’t even considered.

He said, “It was fun being out there.”

Ease

March 22nd, 2012
9:58 am

There will be a press conference later this morning…

Brava

March 22nd, 2012
9:59 am

Lew, yeah, I remember you being at ST right after I first joined the blog. Must have been something to give Bobby that portrait. I’m envious.

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
9:59 am

I guess that will quell much anguished speculation about next year…

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
10:01 am

John Kincade ‏ @JohnKincade
Chipper allows himself to go out on his terms and lets the Braves have a season to begin the plan moving forward. He will be hard to replace

Matt Chernoff ‏ @RealMattlanta
Chipper Jones announces he will retire at the end of the season. Its been great having that guy around for nearly 20 years.

Jim Powell ‏ @Jim_Powell
Knew it was coming but it is still very sad news that we won’t be watching Chipper play much longer. Hope he goes out with 30 bangs.

Ease

March 22nd, 2012
10:02 am

Chipper is going to go all out this year…

He needs just 385 hits this season to reach 3000, and 46 HR to get to 500.

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
10:02 am

Brava – Yep, Bobby caught lots of grief here on the blog, but he was as nice as he could be the couple times I got to meet him. That was an incredible experience – especially the day after getting a Hank Aaron signed baseball. Great trip to ST.

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
10:04 am

darren rovell ‏ @darrenrovell
Chipper Jones retiring at the end of the year. Will the Mets retire his jersey?

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

March 22nd, 2012
10:04 am

Holy……So that’s like…for real…

Hope he goes out on a high note…

Ease

March 22nd, 2012
10:05 am

I agree with Kincade…Good timing on Chipper’s part…

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
10:05 am

Ease – should not be a problem if he can play 120 games…

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
10:06 am

No way, of course, he gets to 3000 hits or 500 HR, but what a career.

Second highest batting average of any switch hitter in MLB history and the only one for almost 80 years.

Third all time in Switch Hitting HR after only Mantle and Murray.

The ONLY switch hitter in MLB history with a .300 career batting average and more than 300 HR.

First Ballot Hall of Famer.

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
10:06 am

The AJC needs to get the Breaking News banner going…

Brava

March 22nd, 2012
10:07 am

Wow, sad news about Chipper, but I guess he can’t play forever. :(

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
10:07 am

Only one for almost 80 years with a career .300 BA.

Ease

March 22nd, 2012
10:07 am

How cool will it be that Chipper’s last home game will be against the Mets?

ncscoots

March 22nd, 2012
10:08 am

With the regulars in there the final 12 games this should be pretty telling of what to expect from the season; especially the last 6 games or so.

“Telling” for “the season” might be a little stiff. Might be telling for the first couple of weeks, maybe. But, no week or two weeks of games, ST or even regular season, is likely to be a perfect indicator of the team at large. I want to see them play these last couple weeks well as a group, too, but I can’t get too bent if they don’t.

MikeY

March 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

Chipper retiring means the Braves are more likely to pick up the 2013 club options on McCann ($12M) and Hudson ($9M). And frees up cash for re-signing Bourn or another significant bat for 2013…or even a mid-season trade for a bat in 2012, for 2012 and beyond.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

March 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

When the Braves retire Chipper’s number, they should do it before a game against the Mets…

Ease How cool will it be that Chipper’s last home game will be against the Mets?

Score!…

brian

March 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

Chipper needs to go out with a bang – not the homeruns but a World Series Championship

Ease

March 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

No way, of course, he gets to 3000 hits or 500 HR,

New leader of the “Doom and Gloom” club? Lew, you’ve got to…

BELIEVE

JesusHChristo

March 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

Ease – Let’s hope the last game of the season is not in the Regular season…. ;P

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
10:10 am

Jerry Crasnick ‏ @jcrasnick
My last 3 camp visits: Lance Berkman rips Selig, Strasburg named OD starter, Chipper retires. Who says spring training is dull?

brian

March 22nd, 2012
10:10 am

Chipper deserves that big ceremony for retirement and it will be very fitting to be before his last home game versus the Muts

Ease

March 22nd, 2012
10:11 am

I think Chipper waited until DOB was out of town (due to his over-zealousness) before breaking the news…

brian

March 22nd, 2012
10:13 am

it will also be easier to convince the pocketbook people to spend more for this year during a trade knowing that Chipper is off the books next year. Also good motivation to go out and win it all this year while making it less likely to see Martin traded knowing they will need him at 3B next year unless the Terd takes off.

Ease

March 22nd, 2012
10:14 am

David O’Brien ‏ @ajcbraves
#Braves and Chipper have discussed him re-joining the organization in some other capacity after 2012

Brava

March 22nd, 2012
10:14 am

BravesQueen

March 22nd, 2012
10:14 am

Sad news about Chipper retiring, but he can’t play forever. We all knew this day was coming, just didn’t know when. I had a feeling after his comments the other week that this season could possibly be it.

Sorry to see you hangin’ up the spikes, ole boy. :( Make this season your best yet! We’ll be watching.

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
10:15 am

It’s up there now VJ.

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
10:16 am

Knew it wouldn’t take long…

Ease

March 22nd, 2012
10:16 am

“Larrrrrrrrry…Larrrrrrrry….Larrrrrrrrrry!”

The mating call of a male Mets fan…

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
10:17 am

Jerry Crasnick ‏ @jcrasnick
Chipper Jones and Albert Pujols are the only active players to have at least 400 HRs and more career walks than strikeouts.

Soph

March 22nd, 2012
10:18 am

Knew it was coming but it still makes me sad. Just glad he will make it through his entire career as a Brave.

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
10:20 am

“Chipper Jones and Albert Pujols are the only active players to have at least 400 HRs and more career walks than strikeouts.”

Read that again and then stop and think about it.
That is an amazing stat.

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
10:20 am

Jerry Crasnick ‏ @jcrasnick
Chipper went upstairs and talked to GM Frank Wren 2 days ago. It was one of his final steps toward retirement announcement. #Braves

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
10:24 am

Peter Gammons ‏ @pgammo
@jcrasnick In 1990, Cox defied conventon wisdom, passed on VanPoppel and took Chipper w/ 1st pick. “Gut,” said Cox. Baseball history

Bat Masterson

March 22nd, 2012
10:24 am

Ease
March 22nd, 2012
10:11 am

:shock:

(funny,too)

Ease

March 22nd, 2012
10:25 am

Just glad he will make it through his entire career as a Brave.

Not if he gets traded at the break…

Bill

March 22nd, 2012
10:26 am

Next Braves Manager!

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
10:27 am

Looks like DOB got it right two weeks ago. :-)

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
10:28 am

Just waiting for someone to use the “Win it for the Chipper” slogan.

Soph

March 22nd, 2012
10:29 am

Win for 10 sounds better.

DAP

March 22nd, 2012
10:30 am

i have mixed feelings about chipper retiring. im really going to miss him on the field.

Bat Masterson

March 22nd, 2012
10:31 am

Win one for the Chipper!

Win for Ten!

If there is anything else I can do for you guys just let me know.

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
10:33 am

Ease – How about unlikely? I mean no one has ever had 385 hits in a season and even Chipper hasn’t hit over 40HR since 99.

Does this mean I’m no longer a Blind Homer?

Soph

March 22nd, 2012
10:33 am

We need a banner and signs, Bat. Go all out.

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
10:35 am

If having a gut bestows prophetic ability, then I’m a psychic of immense potential.

Bill

March 22nd, 2012
10:36 am

Anyone else have computer wheeling while on ajc.com?
I don’t have the problem on any other sports etc programs. Hate to go on ajc for that reason but can’t miss DOB and Braves. If its ajc.com they need to fix it.

ncscoots

March 22nd, 2012
10:36 am

Win for Ten!

I like that one. Has some style.

Bat Masterson

March 22nd, 2012
10:38 am

Soph_

I’ll head over to the airport later to see what I can do.

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
10:38 am

Ease

March 22nd, 2012
10:41 am

Score! Just got my tickets for Chipper Jones Day!

Soph

March 22nd, 2012
10:42 am

Ooh, if scoots likes it then it’s definitely a winner. Time to trademark it!

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
10:45 am

Soph – Win for Ten.

Now, I like that.

Bill -Yeah, it does it to me too. Don’t understand what’s up with it.

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
10:46 am

680 will carry the press conference…

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
10:47 am

1 – 10 -12

Come in #1 for #10 in 2012

Soph

March 22nd, 2012
10:47 am

I can have one of those super long parenthesized (is that a word?) names this season.

Sopheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (Win for Ten)

Bill

March 22nd, 2012
10:48 am

Thanks Jimmy…WIN FOR TEN~~Yes!

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
10:51 am

VJ – what time?

Will you be doing the ‘word-by-word” for the blog? :-)

Ease

March 22nd, 2012
10:51 am

Enter your comments here

Ease (Win for Ten®)

March 22nd, 2012
10:51 am

Soph

March 22nd, 2012
10:53 am

Thief. Never trust a petrel.

Murph

March 22nd, 2012
10:57 am

I don’t know who the new guy is, but it really sucks when DOB takes a few days off and there’s no way to know which story is the official blog.

Let the Chipper Jones Farewell Tour begin! We’ll miss you Larry.

Ease (Win for Ten®)

March 22nd, 2012
10:58 am

Always late to the party…

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
10:59 am

Murph – Go to the Braves AJC page and it’s right there next to The Daily DOB.

Tomahawkin

March 22nd, 2012
11:02 am

Braves

“would love to see Simmons win the job , but have a feeling Pastornicky will win it.

Of course Pastornicky will win the job. As Buster Olney reported field staff wants Simmons – front office – Pastornicky as they continue to try to justify the ridiculous trade for him and Gonzalez a couple years back.”

Good Point…

Murph

March 22nd, 2012
11:02 am

Lew, if that’s true, then we’re in the wrong blog.

Tomahawkin

March 22nd, 2012
11:05 am

Wow Chipper retiring at season’s end???

Damn, I need to ga to as many games before June Then…

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
11:05 am

Lew – Murph is right. Another blog up there.

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
11:05 am

Press conference is 11:30 EDT…

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
11:05 am

Luke Russert ‏ @LukeRussert
I love Chipper-1st ballot HOF

DAP

March 22nd, 2012
11:09 am

tomahawkin front office – Pastornicky as they continue to try to justify the ridiculous trade for him and Gonzalez a couple years back.

do you really think the braves front office is try to justify a trade from two years ago by preferring rev? couldnt it just be that pastornicky has more professional experience, and a better track record with the bat?

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
11:10 am

Thanks VJ. I’ve got 680 streaming right now. Colin Cowherd just talking about Tebow, over and over and over……..

So, are “we” going to the other blog or staying here?

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