Bullpen confirms Hudson is a go for Wednesday

After testing his sore left ankle in a bullpen session, Tim Hudson declared it “good enough” to go as planned on Wednesday against the Yankees.

Hudson had skipped his scheduled start Sunday against the Blue Jays with bone spurs in his left ankle. But those extra two days’ rest, a cortisone shot, and a course of anti-inflammatories, has helped him improve to the point where he’s ready to pitch.

“It felt all right,” Hudson said after throwing about 25 pitches in a bullpen. “It felt good enough. I mean I didn’t expect it to be all of a sudden 100 percent, but it’s pretty close.”

Hudson, who’s dealt with a similar issue in the past, said it’s feeling better than it was when he first started noticing it again after his May 30 start against the Cardinals. And he said it was “night and day” since how it felt coming off his start Tuesday in Miami, when he managed to pitch a complete game despite the pain.

The Braves have not announced if Brandon Beachy will come back on Friday against the Orioles or Tommy Hanson, but both will get at least one extra days’ rest. Beachy’s velocity dipped on his fastball in his final inning of work Saturday night against the Blue Jays, but when asked if either pitcher was hurt, manager Fredi Gonzalez said no.

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Reliever Cory Gearrin joined the Braves bullpen on Monday, replaced Julio Teheran on the Braves roster. He returns with more confidence against left-handed hitters, something the Braves wanted him to work on after he went 1-1 with a 7.85 ERA in 18 appearances last year in his first major league stints. Gearrin limited lefties to a .236 batting average and 2.40 ERA in Triple-A Gwinnett this year, while pitching more aggressively with his change-up…

Teheran stayed with the Braves an extra day or two since Gwinnett was returning from Pawtucket late Tuesday night anyway. He will throw a bullpen session with pitching coach Roger McDowell on Tuesday.

Braves general manager Frank Wren said Monday that his son Kyle Wren will return to Georgia Tech for his junior season after the center fielder was drafted last week in the 30th round by the Reds. Wren was eligible for the draft because he turned 21 within 45 days of the draft.

“He wants to take the summer to get stronger,” said Frank Wren, who said Kyle (5-10, 165) wants to gain 10 pounds by the fall. “…He knows to play at the next level he’s got to get stronger.”

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June 11th, 2012
8:36 pm

good to hear.


June 11th, 2012
8:57 pm

Looks like another bad Monday. Can DOB put I hate mondays by the boomtown rats on his blog.


June 11th, 2012
9:30 pm

Nice to see Gearrin on the mound. He needs some experience in tight situations….now it’s time to ship Livan over to Gwinnett and let him finish his sorry career in the minors.


June 11th, 2012
9:59 pm

Braves need their ACE in the hole against beached whale and co., So far lookin quite enemic against Yanks Starters And Bullpen….

Slide J-Hey

June 11th, 2012
10:10 pm

Shutout in the making …Its hard being a Braves fan.

Slide J-Hey

June 11th, 2012
10:13 pm

Alot of NYY fans…more than Braves fans?

Tampa Gator

June 11th, 2012
10:22 pm


Sorry career and Livan Hernandez are hardly one in the same. He has had an outstanding career, including beating the Braves in game seven of the playoffs with the Marlins….with the help of an overweight umpire with a 6 foot strike zone….notwithstanding.


June 11th, 2012
10:59 pm

I kept reading a lot of post about Beachy haveing a sore elbow, any truth to it?

Bob Didier

June 11th, 2012
11:21 pm

If Gearin is up yesterday, Braves probably win. He wasn’t and they didn’t. Gearin is like Moylan, in that he induces DP’s. 2 tonight and got out unscathed despite Chipper playing dodge ball with one. Our defense at 2B, 3B, and C are below average at best.

Fredi also needs to put Chipper back in the 3 hole. McCann can’t run or hit. Any grounder is a DP. And, a .240 average in the 3 hole is not the best idea. How man K’s for Uggla tonight, 3?


June 12th, 2012
1:18 am

We will get the yanks tomorrow, Go Braves!


June 12th, 2012
6:48 am

Tampa G…

His “career” is starting to get tainted. When mediocre to good athletes stay in the game too long for no reason their welcome is worn out. Yes, he was a decent pitcher back in the day. But now he’s a 37 year old, overweight, care free RP who throws probably 15 mph slower than he did in his prime. He gets up to the mound and doesn’t look like he cares whether or not he gives up 5 hits or strikes out the side…that being said–he has no place in the Braves pen.

Innocent Bystander

June 12th, 2012
9:10 am

Great news that KW will be back next season. Though I can’t say I’m surprised. He had a stellar freshman season, but had a down year last year. Hopefully he can bounce back next season.

Donnie Beisbol

June 12th, 2012
9:59 am

Wren hit .216 in the ACC, .176 in the ACC Tournament, .118 in Gainesville! How does one start let alone leadoff in D1 with these stats? Plus his fielding is suffering. Forget the ten pounds – get him checked out physically & mentally/figure out what he needs to do at the plate/ or the Jackets will be playing another season with only 26 outs a game.

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