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.”