Philadelphia - Tim Hudson is hoping six days of rest between starts, over the All-Star break, and a second cortisone shot will help his ailing left ankle.
Hudson received his second cortisone shot in about a month Friday night, after coming out of his start against the Phillies. Hudson pitched seven shutout innings that night despite aggravating his ankle twice by landing awkwardly on it in the second inning.
Hudson received a cortisone shot on June 8 to help him deal soreness in his ankle and then pitched again five days later against the Yankees. This time he’ll have six days before he takes the mound Friday against the New York Mets. Hudson said Sunday morning it was already feeling a lot better.
Hudson has bone spurs in his left ankle but intends to pitch through the pain, putting off surgery until the offseason. He is 4-2 with a 3.09 ERA in seven starts since his ankle flared up.