Braves’ Teheran to make start for injured Hudson – updated

Tim Hudson will skip his scheduled Sunday start against the Blue Jays with bone spurs in his left ankle, and the Braves have called up top prospect Julio Teheran from Triple-A Gwinnett to make a spot start in his place.

Hudson had a similar problem last season and didn’t miss a start. He got a cortisone shot Friday, and if his ankle continues to improve he aims to pitch again Wednesday against the Yankees.

“Last year it was sore one time that I pitched, we put the cortisone in it and it was fine for the next start,” said Hudson, who said the ankle started bothering him after his May 30 start against St. Louis. “I’m hoping that’s what this is going to be. If it keeps improving the way it went from yesterday to today this won’t be a problem.”

It’s amazing that it wasn’t a problem Tuesday night in Miami when Hudson pitched a complete-game shutout against the Marlins, allowing only five hits in an 11-0 win with his landing leg really bothering him.

“When I told y’all it was smoke and mirrors, I wasn’t kidding,” Hudson said. “I couldn’t believe it. I told Livo (Hernandez) coming out of the bullpen, he might want to start stretching his legs out. ‘I don’t know how good this is going to go.’ Nine innings later I’m shaking his hand. Some of that bad luck I had the first couple starts paid me back a little bit.”

Hudson looked gimpy running to first on his ninth inning single that night, and in days following that start “it was brutal.” When he tried to throw a bullpen on Friday, he realized Sunday’s start was out.

With Hudson, 36, already coming off spinal fusion surgery this winter the Braves didn’t want to take chances.

“(Pitching coach) Roger (McDowell) saw him throw a bullpen yesterday and he was trying to favor it,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Saturday. “He just had back surgery, and he had arm problems, and you start tinkering with your delivery. We don’t want to mess with it.”

If Hudson is able to go Wednesday the Braves can bump Brandon Beachy back to start Friday against the Orioles. The Braves are off on Thursday.

They’ve made it clear to Teheran they need just one start from him before he returns to Gwinnett, and they’ll call up a reliever. The Braves prefer to bring him up for one start and keep Jair Jurrjens (3-3, 5.26 ERA) in Gwinnett working on his consistency.

Gonzalez said the Braves thought about having Hernandez, a long reliever, make a spot start but he didn’t want to throw the bullpen off.

Teheran had a chance to win the fifth starter’s job coming out of spring training while Hudson was on the DL, but he was beat out by Randall Delgado. Teheran is 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 11 starts for Gwinnett. He is coming off his best start of the season, a complete game seven-hitter against Charlotte on Sunday, when he gave up only one run, no walks and struck out six.

“Teheran has pitched well to earn that,” Gonzalez said. “It’ll be good for him and good for us to see him up here pitching.”

Teheran went 1-1 with a 5.03 ERA in five games (three starts) for the Braves last year in his first taste of the majors.

43 comments Add your comment

601Braves

June 9th, 2012
2:38 pm

Jj must not look in the minors?

jim

June 9th, 2012
2:40 pm

When and how did Hudson get bone spurs in his ankle? When was it known that he wouldn’t make this start? Seems like this is a slap in the face for JJ who could have been held back one start last night.

Whisky River

June 9th, 2012
2:41 pm

No JJ, No Medlen, Teheran? Braves lose.

David O'Brien

June 9th, 2012
2:42 pm

When and how did Hudson get bone spurs in his ankle? — jim

How did he get bone spurs in his ankle? Jim, bone spurs happen, especially in veteran athletes. There’s usually not s specific thing that can be cited when they happen, or any way to predict when.

He didn’t get the cortisone shot until yesterday, was hoping it would heal enough without it. Once he got the shot, they had to scratch him Sunday to let the medicine take effect for 2-3 days.

BravesWin

June 9th, 2012
2:54 pm

Seems they want to see what Julio has this year at the ML level. It’s June though, not-so-early anymore, so they better get their evaluations down soon for the call-ups later. Good luck to Mr. Teheran.

bravofan

June 9th, 2012
3:00 pm

Dob: just a heads up it says star in the title

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 9th, 2012
3:01 pm

he doesn’t mind typos… we all knows what he means anyway

durrtydogg

June 9th, 2012
3:03 pm

JJ is not gonna like this!! The writing is on the wall.

alanfalcon

June 9th, 2012
3:03 pm

JJ’s a gonna, his work in Gwinett is to show that he can still pitch so that they can unload him for someone of value.

jim

June 9th, 2012
3:03 pm

Thanks DOB. I’m just a bit surprised that JJ wasn’t held back and Teheran gets the start instead. It seems to indicate JJ has no future with the Braves, not even later this year. I hope that Teheran brings Gearrin with him when he comes up. We are starting to over use the set up men since Medlen was taken out of the mix. Let’s hope Teheran seizes the opportunity to put his name into the battle for the 5th starter’s job.

CRMAC300

June 9th, 2012
3:05 pm

Braves are lucky to have a quality fill in like Teheran available. Medlen must not be ready. JJ may have lost it completely. Should have traded him when they had the chance. Hope the offense gives Teheran a little help. This 15 game guantlet through the American League East may be the Braves season. Has Heyward really turned the corner? He manufactured that winning run last night. Sure would like to see some of that “potential” in the box score more often! Criticize Uggla all you want for his fielding, but his hustle on the field is second to none. He scored from first on Heyward’s double and the ball did not even reach the warning track. Constanza needs to take advantage of his speed and shorten his swing. Just slap it on the ground and run like hell! He is such an upgrade in left field with his speed. Braves are showing some real character playing like this after that horrible 8 game skid. Fun to watch!

Bob the Blogger

June 9th, 2012
3:08 pm

Hudson was clearly having some discomfort in his last start, especially the later innings. He was limping, but he stuck it out. I’ve known people with bone spurs, and sometimes the shots help for a month or two, and sometimes they don’t help much.

jim

June 9th, 2012
3:10 pm

Constanza has become a black hole in the lineup, but the defense with Prado at 3rd and Constanza in LF takse a big hit (at both positions) when Chipper comes back. Let’s hope he continues to produce at the bat at or near the level he did before the injury.

jjschiller

June 9th, 2012
3:13 pm

Yeah, Jim! So THERE!

NYAH NYAH!!!

jim

June 9th, 2012
3:15 pm

We need Hanson to give us at least 7 quality innings today.

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Largo

June 9th, 2012
3:21 pm

Same deal with Constanza that happened last year, tore it up for a short time then couldn’t buy a hit with cash.

JC Boscan III

June 9th, 2012
3:21 pm

JJ pitched FRIDAY night, and Medlen on Thursday. So, how exactly would either of them be ready for a spot start on SUNDAY!?! Except for Todd Redmond’s last start, he’s been the most consistent starter at Gwinnett. But, it looks like he’ll never get any shot with the Braves. Hopefully, Teheran is past the inconsistency he’s shown this year and can give us at least 6 good innings. GO BRAVES!

durrtydogg

June 9th, 2012
3:26 pm

Yeah I agree about the defense when Chip comes back. His bat and presence is second to none but I really like Prado at third and I think he likes the infield better himself. Constanza has lost that umph he had when he first pulled up. That energy he started with is gone. I love the speed but he has to make contact and quit striking out or it will not matter.
I just dont like our bench at all. When was the last time we had a pinch hit by anyone? We have key opportunities to blow games wide open and when we put anyone in the game to pinch hit they strike out or at best hits an infield single. We have to make a move with position players and if Hudson is really hurting, we need another proven starter immediately.

Shawn

June 9th, 2012
3:26 pm

Didnt JJ just start a game for Gwinett on Thur? I dont think we want him up pitching on 3 days rest.

Joey

June 9th, 2012
3:30 pm

JJ doesn’t need to come back with a 5+ ERA in AAA.

I have been a JJ fan since we stole him from Detroit, but he quit working hard on his conditioning or something. We know he got fat after his best season, but his velocity has gone down from 93-95mph to 88 this spring.

Maybe he can get his legs in shape and come back this season, but not now.

Tampa Gator

June 9th, 2012
3:38 pm

Prediction….

Chipper comes back, plays 5 games and helps the Braves win 4. Then in game 6, he runs to first base on a grounder to second, stumbles before reaching first, and jams his big toe into the bag. He is then disabled for two more weeks.

flyin south baby

June 9th, 2012
3:38 pm

How in the world would JJ pitch on SUNDAY when he pitched FRIDAY? Welcome to Atlanta…where Braves fans are CLUELESS about the logistics of baseball but NEVER stop with their dumb ass viewpoints. JJ is not “done”. JJ needed time to get is LOCATION back and the Braves respected him enough to provide the space to do that. Frankly, I am GLAD Jurrjens is intelligent enough not to dope his knee up with Cortisone and play the hero. After all – he is NOT 40 years old and done with his career. Jurrjens has had some QUALITY starts and he is BACK. I cannot wait to see how this conversation switches up after the All Star Break. GO JURRJENS! Cannot WAIT for you to prove the jack hole commentators for what they are – stupid.

BTBUS

June 9th, 2012
3:48 pm

The Braves knew Friday Hudson would be skipped. They could have held Jurrjens up a couple days to come back and pitch on Sunday. But they didn’t.

Wee Willie Keeler

June 9th, 2012
3:53 pm

DOB has finger spurs. Blog is late.

dean

June 9th, 2012
3:54 pm

Hear come all the conspriacy theories of the mean old Braves holding Jurjens back. Folks, maybe he just isn’t mechanically ready to come back. The Braves have professinal instructors to make these decisions. I don’t think they would sacrifice a win just to be mean to JJ.

Delbert D.

June 9th, 2012
4:05 pm

@”When and how did Hudson get bone spurs in his ankle?”

Bone spurs develop over time. I have one on one of my finger end joints from a jammed finger many years ago. I also have one on the big joint of the attachment point to the foot of one of my big toes; both are old football injuries. Extra bone grows where it is not supposed to along the edges of the joint. Some can be shaved down, but for me that would be a painful recovery from an annoying, rather than disabling condition.

Gwinnett Fred

June 9th, 2012
4:17 pm

DOB – Did it ever get stated why the balk call was made last night? The announcers went on and on as to why was it called since it looked like the dozens of fake to 3rd-fake to 1st plays that never work over the years.

least of the east

June 9th, 2012
4:20 pm

JJ has had several really bad starts since he went down to AAA. when he is off, he is a disaster. Teheran is the better choice even though BA noted that he doesn’t look as good a prospect as he did a year ago.
actually, none of the top prospects look as good as projected. they drafted 2 more pitchers to start the 2012 draft so maybe they’ll work out. if you throw enough mud at a wall, some of it will stick
so what we have no power hitting OFs in the system ? in fact, almost no hitting OFs altogether except for Cunningham

chuck

June 9th, 2012
4:29 pm

I have no proof but have a feeling that JJ must not fit into the clubhouse very well. The braves seem to want to part ways with him.

Gwinnett Fred

June 9th, 2012
4:38 pm

JJ not an option – he just pitched last night!

Marvin Mangrum

June 9th, 2012
4:56 pm

You folks are really out there, it used to be funny, but its sad if you are not all, well mostly 8 year olds. JJ aint ready to pitch in the majors, when he is ready we will know it within hours. He won right at 15 games fore the AllStar break, then fell apart. If he gets back to a 100% hwe will be worth having, if not he wont be! You dont play minor leaguers in major league games. Yesterday dont count, only today counts!

Mark (another one)

June 9th, 2012
5:00 pm

JJ will have a long career in major league baseball. He just needs to keep working on his game. The Braves would love to get some value for their $5 million this year, and a spot start for Hudson is not it. JJ’s starting to see results, so expect JJ to be given consideration during the next couple of weeks, especially if Minor continues to struggle.

When you look at players and their careers, you have to take a long term view. Slumps will occur. The question is what do they do to get out of them? Experiences players figure it out.

Gwinnett Fred

June 9th, 2012
5:09 pm

Lighten up Martin – you are comparing people to 8 year olds, which is another way to try to show how grown up you are, while using words like “aint”. By the way, the apostrophe key is next to the enter key for words you used like “aint” (which isn’t a word, but that’s another topic), “wont” and “dont”.

Brandon

June 9th, 2012
5:10 pm

Why would the braves hold jurrjens back to pitch sunday whenever he had just gotten lit up in his previous start? Some may argue that the reason was because he had the flu, but who knows?

Jurrjens has to show consistency in order to come back to the majors. He’s still one of my favorite braves pitchers and I’m still rooting for him, but the conspiracy theorists need to stop. If jurrjens was performing and doing it consistently, he’d be back in the majors. Either way, i think he is close to getting back into form. Hope to see him back in Atlanta soon

Ralph

June 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

What are they going to do if Teheran pitches an 8 inning shut out, then Minor has a great start and Meds continues to show progress at AAA after all they did send Medlen to Gwinette to become a starter. I guess thats what Wren gets paid for, tough decisions. Anyway wouldn’t it be nice to be in that position?

art

June 9th, 2012
7:14 pm

Who gets sit down Teheran and Chipper to come up

Whisky River

June 9th, 2012
8:12 pm

IMO We have to do something about McCann. He is killing us. I have know idea what his problem is.

John w

June 9th, 2012
8:45 pm

McCann is a good hitter but should not be in the 3 hole!!

Whisky River

June 9th, 2012
8:57 pm

@John w I Agree. What do you think about Heyward in 3 hole?

Jborodawg

June 10th, 2012
12:08 pm

How many runs have they scored…and how many games have they won in a row…with B Mac in the three hole?

Mack

June 10th, 2012
4:11 pm

Why exactly do we have Livan?

He can’t even work the mop up roll. We need to cut ties with him.

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