Hudson excited for Sunday return to mound

Tim Hudson is set to make his return from spinal fusion surgery Sunday against the Pirates, right on schedule.

He’s been aiming all along for late April or early May and got there by making four minor league rehabilitation starts without any health-related issues. Now he’s looking forward to pitching a season without back pain for the first time in a few years.

“It’s going to be fun waking up the day after I pitch and not feel like Fred Sanford,” Hudson said.

Hudson built up to 110 pitches in his final start for Triple-A Gwinnett, but manager Fredi Gonzalez said Hudson will likely go no more than 100 pitches or six innings in his first start coming out of his own “spring training.”

Hudson went 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in two starts for Single-A Rome on his rehab assignment but rounded into form in two Triple-A starts. He allowed only one earned run in 10 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits, walking five and striking out eight.

“I feel like I got my legs under me,” Hudson said. “I feel like my sharpness has made some strides the last couple times out. I’m ready to get out there and try to earn my paycheck.”

11 comments Add your comment

Perd Hapley

April 28th, 2012
6:21 pm

Welcome back, Huddy!

TheOnlyBravesFan

April 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

Let’s go Huddy!!! Please be better than JJ was, please. We really need some good veteran pitching.

go-BRAVOS

April 28th, 2012
6:34 pm

Gotta love a Fred Sanford reference. OOOO Elizabeth I’m coming to join yea.
Good luck Huddy I hope you stay healthy from here on out. A true competitor, even if he did got to awwwwwburn.

AU_Gant

April 28th, 2012
6:55 pm

Well then War Damn Eagle!

count_schemula

April 28th, 2012
7:01 pm

I’ll be there, welcoming him back.

JNick

April 28th, 2012
11:32 pm

Will be nice to have at least 4 solid starters in the rotation….COULD be 5 if they’d pull Medlen from the ‘pen…

Younger Than That Now

April 29th, 2012
1:23 am

Huddy’s a player and he’ll more than earn his paycheck… he always does! Glad to have you back Huddy and… GO BRAVES!

Matt

April 29th, 2012
1:24 am

Why isn’t Medlen starting instead of Delgado???

Ralph

April 29th, 2012
5:40 am

Got my fingers crossed for Huddy though i’m not as optimistic as most folks are.

Marlon D.

April 29th, 2012
12:45 pm

Go get’um Huddy,we need ya man !!!!!!

Crawford

April 30th, 2012
4:07 pm

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