Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field with your Braves report.
Braves right-hander Tim Hudson said he is feeling better after a cortisone shot to alleviate pain from a bone spur in his left ankle. Hudson, who missed his scheduled start Sunday, said he anticipates returning to the rotation on Wednesday against the Yankees.
Hudson will throw a bullpen session Monday as a final test on the ankle after the injection on Friday.
“We’ll kick the tires a little bit,” Hudson said Sunday. “If all goes well then full steam ahead.”
Hudson said he has suffered from a bone spur for more than 10 years. It flares up on occasion, as it did before his start against the Marlins Tuesday. However, it was too soon before the start to have an injection, which takes four or five days to take full effect. Hudson said he could eventually require off-season surgery.
“Anyone who has bone spurs knows that over time they get a little bigger,” Hudson said. “It will flare up every now and again. … I can definitely deal with it throughout the year. It has definitely been worse than it ever has been.”
Despite the pain in his ankle, Hudson threw a complete-game five-hit victory over the Marlins.
The recalled Julio Teheran from Triple A Gwinnett to start in Hudson’s place Sunday.
After Hudson’s start Wednesday, the Braves have a scheduled off day. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he has not yet determined the order of the rotation with either Tommy Hanson or Brandon Beachy starting against the Orioles. The pitcher who does not start that game will pitch the following day.