Hudson throws five strong innings in Gwinnett rehab

Tim Hudson set out to work on his sharpness Wednesday night in Triple-A Gwinnett, and improve his results along the way. He accomplished both, allowing only one unearned run in five innings against the Norfolk Tides in the third start of four he’s expected to make on a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

Hudson, who had given up six runs in seven innings in two Single-A starts, allowed two hits, three walks and struck out four on Wednesday, throwing 48 of his 76 pitches for strikes. He coaxed eight groundball outs.

Hudson gave up a leadoff triple and walked two to load the bases with nobody out in the first, but he got out of the inning unscathed on a double-play grounder and a line-out. He retired 12 in a row until giving up a one-out walk in the fifth.

The only run he allowed came after an error by shortstop Josh Wilson and a bloop single for Xavier Avery, who had the only two hits in the game off Hudson.

“I don’t feel like I’m quite ready to go, but it was a positive step in the right direction,” Hudson told reporters afterward. “I feel good where I’m at physically. It’s more about executing pitches and figuring out a better way to get big league hitters out.”

Hudson, who is coming off November back surgery, is scheduled to build up to six innings and 100 pitches in a start Tuesday in Gwinnett, and barring setbacks return to Atlanta’s rotation on April 29th or 30th against the Pirates.

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Jimmy

April 18th, 2012
8:56 pm

Gwinnet has a better infield defense right now. Don’t expect miracles from Huddy with one of the worst infield defenses in league behind him when he comes back.

scurge

April 18th, 2012
9:06 pm

Go away Jimmy.

cmc

April 18th, 2012
9:43 pm

Jimmy,

Why don’t you find a blog that involves subject matter of which you have a clue?

Simpson's Homer

April 18th, 2012
9:48 pm

Uhhhh, it was Gwinnett’s infield defense (SS) that led to Hudson’s 1 unearned run tonight……..

John

April 18th, 2012
9:55 pm

It will be great to have Hudson back. Oh well on to the pesky D’backs this weekend.

hiway 61

April 18th, 2012
10:18 pm

Hudson is the leader on this staff. I’ll be da*n glad to see him back in Atlanta uniform..JJ and Hanson need to trun it up a knot.

Jimmy stop smoking that stuff and get a life.

bruce

April 18th, 2012
10:32 pm

Carroll thanks for the report on Huddy!

hawesg

April 18th, 2012
10:35 pm

So, Hudson off the DL, Jurrjens on? He just doesn’t look right.

REAGAN2012

April 18th, 2012
10:37 pm

WELL BASTORNICKY SEEMS TO HAVE A REAL ISSUE WITH GRABBING BALLS THREW THE HOLE, WITH HUDDY PITCHING WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE SOME GOOD DEFIENCE AT THE MOST IMPORTANT POSITINO SHORT STOP GONNA HATE TO SEE DELGADO LEAVE THE ROTATION I THINK HES LOOKING BETTER THAN JERGENS HE PROBABLY NEVER BE THE SAME I THINK

Mark (another one)

April 18th, 2012
10:51 pm

Freeman at 1st does a great job fielding his position, and the rest are solid if not great. Hudson will be fine with the Atlanta defense behind him.

ChrisfromSacramento., Ca

April 19th, 2012
12:16 am

Huddy,

Please save us from more Jair. Jair sucks. Dump his ass when Huddy comes back

ChrisfromSacramento., Ca

April 19th, 2012
12:17 am

Trade Jair for bullpen help

chipperchop

April 19th, 2012
12:24 am

Reagan2012. First of all, what a dumb ass name. Next, why don’t you learn how to spell, use punctuation, and turn the caps lock off before posting.

JJ does not look like himself. I do agree that Delgado is looking good and I hate to see him sent back to the minors but I’m sure that all of the personnel folks the Braves employ are way ahead of all of us. Sit back and enjoy the game.

Also, realize that Reagan couldn’t be your savior now. The republican party is no longer the establishment that made him a top 20 president. Peace

J-MAN

April 19th, 2012
12:35 am

You do know that Jurrjens is expendable. We have 5 good pitchers when Hudson comes back.Delgado has the most wins on the team, Beechy, and Minor are pitching great and Hanson is consistant. So when Hudson comes back Jurrjens isnt needed. Also we have Medlin, Livan Hernandez and Julio Teheran that could pitch better than Jurrjens at the moment. I think Jurrjens needs to go on the DL and then be traded. Also JJ used to throw 94 but he now rarely will throw over 88.
Let me ask you Carol is Jair Jurrjens still hurt, because he has lost a considerable amount of velocity since last year.

Lets see
1. Hudson
2. Hanson
3. Beechy
4. Minor
5. Delgado

We also have Medlin, Livan Hernandez and Julio Teheran. That could pitch better than Jurrjens. I say we trade JJ for a Outfield Prospect while his value is still there

Jurrjens has an ERA over 8 this year
After the All-Star break he had a 5.88 ERA.
In fact he hasnt pitched with any consistancy since Mid-June.

I just hit you with some FACTS.

MJinATL

April 19th, 2012
1:16 am

Delgado cannot replace JJ because Delgado is on a innings watch just like Teheran, Medlin is needed in the Pen, or do you want to see more of the Livan and Durbin show…JJ isn’t going anywhere

Younger Than That Now

April 19th, 2012
3:29 am

“I think Jurrjens needs to go on the DL and then be traded. Also JJ used to throw 94 but he now rarely will throw over 88.” – J-MAN

Yep… put a guy with declining velocity on the DL and watch all the teams lining up to trade for him… JJ, or anybody else for that matter. And all this trade advice lacks one crucial element… you got to have a team who is willing to trade for your guy and willing to give up a player in exchange!

Until Wednesday, the starting pitching has been tremendous this entire home stand. Even in the loss to the Mutz, Hanson only made a couple of mistakes… they both ended up leaving the yard, but that’s what major league hitters do with pitcher’s mistakes.

I agree that JJ doesn’t look 100%, physically speaking, and there’s a reason why his velocity has fallen off, but I wouldn’t give up on him just yet for those reasons alone. If trading him can bring back a solid player or two, fine… pull that trigger and make it happen (if you have a willing trade partner). But these days, the player’s contract situation is given more attention than ever before. But there’s been several very good MLB pitchers who lived around 88 MPH or so, but the pitcher has got to learn how to pitch like that.

Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux made a very healthy living there, and JJ could learn a lot from seeing how they went about their daily pitching duties… but he has to be willing to learn and with all the starting pitching that the Braves have now I’m not sure if they would be willing to wait it out while he learned that pitching style.

Heading to Phoenix… LET’S GO BRAVES!!

bobbybrave

April 19th, 2012
4:42 am

please release the durbin-hernandez show……i know the pen needs to eat up innings, but the options you have with these two are way ahead or way behind……jj needs to get his location back and head back….this team looks like they are having fun…play 500 on the road trip…go braves

Mike Jay

April 19th, 2012
4:57 am

I actually saw Liven hit 86 mph yesterday…..then he went right back to throwing those 60 mph lollipops and rainbows.

JNick

April 19th, 2012
4:57 am

@MJinATL, and Jurrjens isn’t on an “innings watch”? JJ can’t get past the 5th inning, so he’s self-limiting himself. He’s only ever thrown more than 200 innings ONCE in his career (2009 IIRC)….Delgado threw a combined 174 innings last year – the rule of thumb is to not increase by more than 20 IP per year – so if Delgado threw 194 innings this year, I think the team would be ecstatic. JJ threw 158 innings last year.

Get your facts straight before posting…

J-MAN

April 19th, 2012
6:01 am

@ younger than that now…… The difference between Glavine, and Maddux is that they pitched with control and especially Maddux’s case movement. Jair Jurrjens has pitches batting practice pitches since last June. I know he has only had 3 starts this season and a pitcher like Tim Lincecum has had a rough start as well, but I;m looking at the physical and psycological aspect of things. Since last June Jurrjens cannot pitch more than 5 innings, he gets hit and has lost his velocity on his fastball. Can you in all honesty say that Jurrjens gives us a better chance to win than Delgado or Minor. You really cant, Medlin is a better choice than Jurrjens as well. But the reason I say we should trade for Jurrjens is because he is on the decline, but still has some value. He is also a Scott Boras client and will be expensive to keep. Also, with Teheran, Gilmartin, and Vizcaino we have Starters for the future. So we actually have too much starting pitching for Jair Jurrjens to having games with a 8.10 ERA…….I know your a fan but you have to be objective and just see at that ERA with a 5.5 million dollar price tag, being a Boras client, and the fact we have a surplus of starters, make Jurrjens expendable.

Dwayne

April 19th, 2012
6:20 am

JJ does not look right….I dont need to be a major league anything to see that. IR for him when Huddy gets back.

Boston Braves

April 19th, 2012
6:59 am

JJ, and Durbin to Boston for Cody Ross!

Buddy Landel

April 19th, 2012
7:31 am

J-Man,
You may have “hit us with some facts”, but learn to spell OUR players’ names correctly. It’s BEACHY and MEDLEN.

beachcomber

April 19th, 2012
7:35 am

JJ continues to look like the pitcher I saw in two ST starts – very uncomfortable on the mound. Hopefully with Huddy back, we could pull him for a while and work on the side. Trading him is not an option unless you want a middling AA outfielder. JJ just made a Jim Bowden list of the three guys who are concerning GMs the most with their declines – along with Lincecum and Youkilis.

Bob the Blogger

April 19th, 2012
7:55 am

JJ may have had a rough start, but the guy has a lifetime ERA of 3.48 and he’s only 26. He’s been a starter since he was 22. Everybody struggles at some point in this game. I think he’ll work through it and be just fine.

DePort

April 19th, 2012
8:25 am

EVERYONE .. pay attention to what I am saying … STOP talking about JJs velocity!!! … If you knew anything about baseball you would see that when JJ tries to throw over 90 his fastball straighten out … which results in the 5 homeruns off of him this year…. when he throws 88 his ball moves and he is untouchable… which results in strikeouts… Do I need to draw pictures for all of you ?

Let's Go

April 19th, 2012
8:29 am

Jair has something going on and I don’t care what he says there’s a problem and I would assume it’s either with the knee or the knee brace and that needs to get looked at. I know this is his contract year and the last thing he or Boras wants is to have to have surgery or miss a lot of time with an injury but this slump has been going on since last July and he looked terrible in the spring and in his 3 starts this season he has continued that trend. As soon as Hudson is activated DL Jurrjens and fix whatever is bothering him because when he is on he is dominating but it’s been a while since we have seen anything from him that looked dominating.

BraveinNE

April 19th, 2012
8:41 am

To those that want to trade JJ. Do you really think the Braves would get a whole lot right now. The best hope is that he straightens out, even just a little, to improve his value and then maybe by the trade deadline the Braves can get something. Right now who is going to trade a decent outfielder for him based on his end of year performance last year and nothing to show for yet this year.

1eyedJack

April 19th, 2012
9:21 am

I wonder how Jurrjens would fair at Gwinnet?

Power of the post!

April 19th, 2012
9:36 am

phil

April 19th, 2012
9:37 am

Can’t wait to activate Hudson and hopefully DL JJ or get him a shrink to help with his obvious mental issues…

The man is admitting it’s in his head, though it may be in his body too. who knows because he has a history of being less than honest about his health.

Tune that man’s head up so he can help us! Otherwise, let’s move on.

naomi

April 19th, 2012
9:43 am

Hello everyone, New here in country. Love baseball.but dont know much. Trying to learn more. Roommate not Brave fan,but suggested come on here to learn more

Gene

April 19th, 2012
9:55 am

Naomi, this is not the place to learn baseball or good manners. Try listening to Vin Scully call the Dodgers’ games.

[...] a setback it looks like Hudson will make one final rehab outing at Triple-A on Tuesday, with the goal being somewhere [...]

Charles

April 19th, 2012
10:25 am

Sounds good on Huddy. Looking forward to getting him back in the rotation.

Sidebar – Xavier Avery signed with UGA to play football out of high school before choosing to head to the minors. Would have been a great one either way; I believe he’s the third-ranked prospect in their organization currently.

Virgil

April 19th, 2012
10:35 am

Naomi..call Samantha, Reckingball, Losolobo,and chipperchop for details.

Virgil

April 19th, 2012
10:36 am

Vin Scully was and still is the best.

naomi

April 19th, 2012
10:41 am

Thank you Virgil, Where can I find these people?

bvillebaron

April 19th, 2012
10:44 am

J-Man:

JJ doesn’t have much trade value right now. The only way he will have any value is if he starts pitching better.

reckingball

April 19th, 2012
10:57 am

Virgil?? Which one of the morons is using this handle as one of their (side monikers)?

reckingball

April 19th, 2012
11:02 am

naomi, about all you will learn here, is how to complain, moan, and groan, from 99% of the people that hang around the AJC Braves blogs.
Oh yeah, you can also learn how to give up and declare the season a total loss, after 4 games of a 162 games season.
haha.

reckingball

April 19th, 2012
11:07 am

Isn’t wonderful to have a psychoanalyst, on these blogs, who always can tell what is going on in the player’s heads.

naomi

April 19th, 2012
11:09 am

Thank you reckingball, Where do you suggest I can go to learn more? Already been to library no Help. What do you sggest?

reckingball

April 19th, 2012
11:17 am

hiway61 @10:18…….”Stop smoking that stuff and get a life.”

Don’t blame that level of ignorance and stupidity(Jimmy@8:56pm), on the weed.
He had to be that dumb, before he ever touched the stuff.
yeaa braves!

reckingball

April 19th, 2012
11:17 am

hiway61 @10:18…….”Stop smoking that stuff and get a life.”

Don’t blame that level of ignorance and stupidity(Jimmy@8:56pm), on the weed.
He had to be that dumb, before he ever touched the stuff.
yeaa braves!

Jrpowell

April 19th, 2012
11:17 am

Scully?, really?, Naomi should watch field of dreams or an old braves game. Scully and the dodgers are the enemy. Also, why all the panic about jurgens? Hitting has always been our achilles and will continue to be until we get a decent hitting coach. Next year fill that position with a different 3rd baseman-batting coach chipper!

reckingball

April 19th, 2012
11:29 am

naomi……try a different library, Sporting News, watch MLB Network, Dale Murphy on twitter, buy a book, go to little league games, watch Braves games, join an oldfarts breakfast club, google baseaball, XBOX, Sonny Clusters, start dating an umpire, Larry, phil, alex, Chip Carey, yo mama, are just a few suggestions, that may be helpful.
Your welcome.
GO BRAVES!!

Denis Menke's 3d Cousin

April 19th, 2012
11:39 am

Chipper and JJ to Colorado for Jamie Moyer. Then the Braves will have grandpaw to go with the deadbeats.

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Eric

April 19th, 2012
11:58 am

Why not go get Roy Oswalt for $5 mil?
Hanson
Huddy
Oswalt
Delgado
Minor
Trade Jurrjens for RP help or a great prospect

Tom in ATL

April 19th, 2012
12:04 pm

Hate to burst any bubbles – but the Braves could not get a bucket of balls for JJ – the time to trade him was at the All-Star break last year – It was obvious his first half was due to “luck” – his BABIP was ridiculously low compared to his histrocial average, he tops out at 90 on his fastball, and has no pitch with great movement. He is when healthy – at best a #3 or #4 starter. I do recall an article from Mr. Bradley stating he was the next Greg Maddux and the Braves would be crazy to trade him.

http://blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2011/06/30/q-should-the-braves-trade-jair-jurrjens-a-are-you-nuts/?cp=2

I disagreed then becuase he was due for a correction – but now that he’s had injury issues to boot – forget it – nobody is going to want him – for good reason.

Tom in ATL

April 19th, 2012
12:09 pm

Tom in ATL

June 30th, 2011
4:11 pm
Yes you trade him if you can get another young stud hitter. Maybe not today – in the middle of a pennant race – but he’;s certianly trade bait. Why trade JJ? Folks past performance does not gaurantee future results. JJ is due for some regression – not that he’ll be bad – but he is not nor will ever be anything resembling Greg Maddux – He’s got 95 Ip and 55K’s – he’s good – but he’s also been very lucky – His ERA may be 2.07 – but from here on out I would be suprised if it’s under 3.50 the rest of the season. The Braves have a ton of quality arms. Yes I like him – yes he’s good -But should we trade him straight up for Andrew McCutchen if possible – no doubt.

Heisenberg

April 19th, 2012
12:45 pm

Agree (and have been saying for awhile) with others. JJ does not look right amd doubt he could be traded for much in return. Delgado’s innings can be managed as a 5th starter while JJ is on DL getting himself right.

I suspect Livan & Durbin will not make it through May. Could be Braves did not want to start arb clock on a couple pitchers by having them on opening day roster. So pick up a couple cheap veterans for 1st 2 months then release them and bring up the rookies.

MikeY

April 19th, 2012
1:16 pm

Heisenberg, very interesting comments on the arb clock, that makes sense. We have about 7 guys in AAA that are pitching very well, and Durbin looks very bad. I wonder if his salary is guaranteed, even if we release him. At the very least, he should be working on his pitching in Gwinnett, not with the big club.

reckingball

April 19th, 2012
2:06 pm

RIP
Got new bloggage?

Ralph

April 19th, 2012
3:55 pm

J-MAN
I say we trade JJ for a Outfield Prospect while his value is still there

The problem with that is that he has no trade value, if he did he would have been gone already.
April 19th, 2012
12:35 am

Ralph

April 19th, 2012
4:01 pm

Nobody wants Roy Oswald for 5 million, especially the braves.

Bulldawgman49

April 19th, 2012
6:48 pm

good to see Huddy pitching good . Need to get him in the rotation we know he will be on a pitch count when he gets here. The bats are coming alive and with the potential in this lineup scary.

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