Sunday starter Hudson preparing for weekend heat

Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the triple digits all weekend in Atlanta, with highs of 104 on Friday, 106 on Saturday and 103 on Sunday according to weather.com.

Of all Braves’ pitchers to have to pitch in the heat of the day this weekend in that kind of heat, Tim Hudson might be the worst candidate. The 36-year-old right-hander, who is scheduled to start Sunday against the Nationals at 1:35 p.m., has a history of cramping problems and struggling in the heat.

As recently as last September in Washington, Hudson had to be taken to the hospital to receive IV fluids after a start against Stephen Strasburg when he admittedly failed to hydrate properly, thinking the game would be rained out. This time he’s preparing well in advance.

“I’ve got 700 more of these to drink,” Hudson said with a smile, sipping on a bottle of water in front of his locker on Thursday afternoon.

Hudson normally gets a bag of IV fluids on the day he pitches. This time he plans to get two. He also says he’ll change uniforms a couple of times during the game as well.

“The one thing that concerns me is losing so much fluid and so many electrolytes,” Hudson said. “But if I’m able to prepare for that days before and that morning with some IVs, I’m not too concerned with it.”

Hudson grew up in Auburn, Ala. but got used to pitching in low humidity during his five years in Oakland, Calif.

“I pitched in Oakland too long and I turned into a sissy,” Hudson said. “72 and breezy.”

He figures Nationals starter and former Athletics’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez might struggle a little bit for that same reason on Sunday.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez thinks the Braves can use the heat to their advantage, maybe not against the Nationals this weekend but against West Coast teams that come to Atlanta throughout the season.

During this hot spell, though, he has cut back the length of infield and batting practice. And he said catcher Brian McCann will take either Friday or Sunday off against Nats left-hander Ross Detwiler or the left-hander Gonzalez.

30 comments Add your comment

nuh uh

June 28th, 2012
6:16 pm

i’d pitch in that heat if i was making the kind of money tim hudson makes.

ACE

June 28th, 2012
6:16 pm

ACE

June 28th, 2012
6:17 pm

I wouldn’t have got any prizes or kudos anyway.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
6:18 pm

Go Braves!!!!

Dawg'88

June 28th, 2012
6:26 pm

Dave when is Chipper’s next day off?
Will he play tomorrow night?

Thanks in advance…

curdawg

June 28th, 2012
6:27 pm

bWe need to prepare for and embrace the heat.
Teams from cooler, drier cities will be at a disadvantage.
Let the heat and humidity be our designated hitters!

I remember fondly BYU coming to TLH to play FSU in September. They were totally gassed even without human opponents.

phil

June 28th, 2012
6:27 pm

Glad to hear some sense being used….

Tell the boys to lay off the drinking for a few days too.

Zac in Tempe

June 28th, 2012
6:44 pm

Coconut water, the pH claim is nonsense, but it is the best for hydration.

TuffShhhtuff

June 28th, 2012
6:47 pm

What kind of idiotic MLB scheduler would set these games for Atlanta in the middle of summer at 4:30PM and 1:30PM in the first place. Why couldn’t the Braves petition MLB to move them to nighttime? Asking for somebody to get heatstroke,then they will pretend ignorance.
“A fine is a tax for doing wrong; a TAX is a fine for doing well” (Very appropriate for today)

iTiSi

June 28th, 2012
6:48 pm

The really stupid ones will be sitting in the stands drinking alcohol,which makes it worse.

Brownie

June 28th, 2012
6:53 pm

I would also hope the Braves are smart enough NOT to wear their traditional Sunday red uni’s – red attracks heat much more than white.

David O'Brien

June 28th, 2012
6:56 pm

Dave when is Chipper’s next day off?
Will he play tomorrow night?

Thanks in advance… — Dawg ‘88

Said he’d probably take off Saturday or Sunday. I’d bet on Saturday, the 106-degree forecast day, if he plays Friday night (which it sounds like he plans to do).

Mike from the coast

June 28th, 2012
7:03 pm

I am guessing Saturday’s start time is controlled by Fox??????

Mike from the coast

June 28th, 2012
7:09 pm

I did get one wish, Uggla is moved down in the lineup. He has to work on staying on the ball, Trying to drive it up the middle or even going the other way is the only way he’ll get his timing back.

Larry

June 28th, 2012
7:17 pm

Dave,

Better question…when is Chipper’s next day on and does he still accept his salary in full every time he chooses not fulfill his responsibility by playing?

Thanks
,
Larry

Choppinmama

June 28th, 2012
7:23 pm

When will Liberty pony up for some a/c blowing on their heads in the dugout?

Yogi Berra

June 28th, 2012
7:28 pm

sub will play Sunday anyway….

Glad Mccann gets day off..Ross better catcher anyway.

Yogi Berra

June 28th, 2012
7:29 pm

Who will Hawks take with 23 pick..

Yogi Berra

June 28th, 2012
7:34 pm

Ump is missing afew on JJ..that could hurt him later.

Yogi Berra

June 28th, 2012
7:35 pm

Thanks J-Hey..what a arm..Bam! u Out!

Yogi Berra

June 28th, 2012
7:36 pm

since I’m the only one here…I’ll leave .

Mike from the coast

June 28th, 2012
7:37 pm

Beautiful throw by JHey. Wow.

Mike from the coast

June 28th, 2012
7:39 pm

Chipper is coming around. Yeah!

Jarvis Jones

June 28th, 2012
7:39 pm

Best throw I’ve ever seen

Mike from the coast

June 28th, 2012
7:45 pm

Boy I am a fan and hate to be negative but Uggla is an automatic out right now. I appreciate him wanting to play 162 games, but I personally think he needs a couple of night off.

MikeY

June 29th, 2012
6:48 am

@Brownie, Braves now wear their cream-colored unis on Sundays. Red on Fridays. Makes good sense, I agree w/ our thought process.

GO BRAVES!

urban redneck

June 29th, 2012
9:44 am

the only thing lamer than first is trying for it and failing. attaboy, ACE.

go huddy and go bravos!!

Uggla's Arms

June 29th, 2012
10:42 am

the dehydration is not funny. dangerous stuff.

Jay

June 29th, 2012
1:27 pm

Larry – go grab a clue

Peachstealth

June 29th, 2012
4:14 pm

Heat stroke is nothing to fool around with. Move these games to night starts.

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