We’re LIVE, as Hudson and his miracle elbow start for Braves

Braves pitcher has been the recipient of a lot of high-fives this season. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Braves pitcher Tim Hudson has deserved a lot of high-fives for the season he has had. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

One night after one of their worst performances in weeks, Friday’s 9-3 loss to Milwaukee, the Braves should be in good hands tonight: Tim Hudson is pitching.

I realize Tommy John surgery isn’t the equivalent of bionics, but after a while you start to wonder if Hudson was rebuilt with robot parts. A ridiculous 15 of his 18 starts have been quality starts, which is tied for fourth in the majors. He leads the Braves in wins (9-4), earned run average among starters (2.30), innings pitched (121 1/3) and opponents’ batting average (.219).

He also was the only pitcher in this year’s All-Star Game for either league who is in his first full season coming back after Tommy John surgery (he missed most of last season before coming back in September).

I’m definitely lucky,” Hudson said. “Just the fact that I was able to come back and be strong and feel like I did when I was 25 — it’s just a blessing. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to come back. All you can do is give it your best effort and do everything you’re supposed to do and just hope and pray it turns out good. That’s kind of been the case. I never dreamed I’d have an All-Star first half. It just shows the determination and hard work pays off.”

I’ve got some good stuff from him on the surgery including his th0ughts on why he didn’t want a tendon from a cadaver used in his surgery. But I’ll save that for the column later, assuming Hudson has a strong outing against the Brewers, and why wouldn’t he?

A few things before we get started:

♦ After some rain earlier, the tarp is being off the field. There’s no expectation right now that the start of the game will be delayed.

Chipper Jones is out of the lineup with a strained hamstring. He said it “doesn’t hurt just to sit and walk around,” but stopping and running is a different issue. It doesn’t seem to be a major issue, but it’s not known if he’ll be available for pinch-hitting duties.

♦ Also out of the lineup: Jason Heyward,  who claimed he’s “just chillin’” and it’s a day of rest. With David Ross catching, that means Jones, Heyward and Brian McCann — most of the heart of the order — are all on the bench.


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239 comments Add your comment

Bocks of Rox

July 17th, 2010
6:06 pm

First! maybe

Bocks of Rox

July 17th, 2010
6:06 pm

Bocks of Rox

July 17th, 2010
6:08 pm

I all but gave up on the boys of bravoland this year but they seem to have turned it all around and are headed in the right direction. I still can not wait for football to start, however.

BenFranklin

July 17th, 2010
6:09 pm

Second!! Go Backups! Get a big W!!!

Bat Masterson

July 17th, 2010
6:10 pm

Man I hope he has a shutout in him tonight, that lineup. Whew

BenFranklin

July 17th, 2010
6:10 pm

Love Gonzo!! Love his attitude! I can’t believe Wren wasn’t charged with theft for that trade with the Jays!

Pi$$onaDawg

July 17th, 2010
6:11 pm

Go BRAVOs get back on track. Jeff you have to change the COUNTS name. It now needs to be the Black Silk Caped One with Bad Teeth. We don’t want the samething happening at the AJC that is happening at Ole Miss.

BenFranklin

July 17th, 2010
6:12 pm

Watch the Backups get 10 runs tonight! It’s in the bag!

ryan

July 17th, 2010
6:23 pm

Braves are going have to make another move with Chipper hurt again and with Heyward banged up they need a bat like Corey Hart.

Jeff Schultz

July 17th, 2010
6:23 pm

Bocks of Rox: 1-2-3. Go play the lottery.

Ben Hill, Been Real

July 17th, 2010
6:24 pm

Lets go backups! but once again guys how do you feel about a Gomez-Hart for Blanco-Resop-Dunn?
They need pitching!

Bob Horner

July 17th, 2010
6:24 pm

When I bad mouth the line-up the Braves make an idiot out of me…this line-up looks lame…I hope Huddie has his good stuff tonight….I know McCann didn’t really have an “All Star break”…is that the rational for sitting him..?? he hits lefties….

Me. Melancholy

July 17th, 2010
6:24 pm

Take the week off Chipper. The teams better when you sit.

Mr. Melancholy

July 17th, 2010
6:26 pm

sorry for the typo. It’s Mr. Melancholy, not Me Melancholy. A big difference.

The Wad

July 17th, 2010
6:26 pm

A 20 yearold needs a night off after having almost three weeks rest? Come on Cox.he can`t learn to hit major league left handers from the bench. Don`t do to Heyward what you did to Klesko.

KimZ'sPackage

July 17th, 2010
6:28 pm

Jeff can you get me some tickets if I wear my Cape and run Naked except for the cape across the outfield during the 7th inning strech? HAHAH let the COUNT RUN.

Younger Than That Now

July 17th, 2010
6:30 pm

Guys, guys, guys… all the moaning here and on the other blogs about tonight’s lineup. Let’s the experts with the real numbers… you know, the lefty-lefty matchup percentages, etc… make the decisions. I’d rather the Braves be 100% too, but games like this are giving AB’s to guys who will use the experience to help the team later on. Be patient.

Chipper’s injured… maybe not serious, or life threatening, but at this point I’d rather have 100% of Conrad or Infante than 60% Chipper. Heyward & McCann… tonight’s starter for the Brewers is tough against lefthanders, and Mac’s gonna be out today or tomorrow anyway… you know, day game tomorrow after a night game tonight… and JHey hasn’t gotten his mid season legs back under him yet and will be back in tomorrow. This lineup is a major league lineup and can play with anybody… I’ll take my chances on the decisions those “in the know” have made.

And JS… forgot to mention that I saw you at the game the other night… and tell Andy and Barney that Gomer says “hey”.

Bob Horner

July 17th, 2010
6:30 pm

Only a naked woman gets free tix…..right..?? I hope..??

KimZ'sPackage

July 17th, 2010
6:33 pm

HAHHA but I want to show my Big Wig and my Package to the non-watching RHWOA.

KimZ'sPackage

July 17th, 2010
6:35 pm

Go Braves make me remember 1991 and all that excitement. GO BRAVES. BOBBY go out a CHAMP.

Bob Horner

July 17th, 2010
6:38 pm

@ KimZ’sPackage if JS gives free tickets 2 men running naked on the field he’ll lose his job…..and his home….

KimZ'sPackage

July 17th, 2010
6:41 pm

Wait I am Kim Z I am all woman don’t you show-up TARDY to MY Party.

Long Way Home Brave

July 17th, 2010
6:46 pm

Jeff, have your heard anything about Infante or Conrad being the future replacement for Chipper since this should be his last year with us ?

Bobby's Cox

July 17th, 2010
6:52 pm

Looks like the Sunday getaway lineup on Saturday night…hopefully these tin cans can beat up on Old Milwaukee or are these guys considered Milwaukee’s Best..not sure. What say you Mr. Schultz?

Barkin'Dog

July 17th, 2010
6:53 pm

Tonight will be Tim Hudson’s finest game… watch!
Well rested and loaded for Bear (or Brewers) ;-)

Conrad should have a great game at bat, too!

It will blow my mind if the Braves take Bobby out with a title!
But it won’t surprise me. Funny how added adrenaline helps.

Bobby's Cox

July 17th, 2010
6:56 pm

Can we trade Kawakami back to the Japanese League, we could at least get some sushi rolls out of the deal.

Bobby's Cox

July 17th, 2010
7:03 pm

Jeff-enjoyed your piece on Ole Miss’ mascot situation..Since they enjoy tailgating at the Grove sooo much, why not be progressive and skip your 20th Century step and move into the 21st Century. They can also not be PC at the same time and “Ole” piss everyone off. Select a bourbon brand as the sponsor, make it a female parading in a provocative shaped bottle and call her “Ole Liquor”..What say ya Mr. Schultz???

Bob Horner

July 17th, 2010
7:08 pm

Milwaukee’s Best taste okay on a Sunday afternoon if you’re broke and it’s your buddy’s beer…..(or if you live more than an hour away from all of our bordering states that are smart enough to sell freaking beer on a Sunday at grocery store…)

Younger Than That Now

July 17th, 2010
7:10 pm

Surely if FW could snooker the Jays into taking JoJo with Escobar he should have been able to get KK in on the deal too… and his interpreter. And if the Braves have to kick in and pay his salary, I say it would be worth it… and I’ll even kick in a grand on that myself. Last night he was throwing BP to the Brew Crew… and I’m just glad that Fielder didn’t knock one to midtown.

Younger Than That Now

July 17th, 2010
7:13 pm

Honestly, in years past the back-ups in there tonight would scare me to death. But this year, they’ve pulled their weight… carried the mail… earned their stripes… made hay while the sun was shining… cooked with gas… they’ve done good!

Jeff Schultz

July 17th, 2010
7:14 pm

Kim’Z Package — I’ll give you tickets if you DON’T run naked.

Jeff Schultz

July 17th, 2010
7:15 pm

Bob Horner — I think “KimZ Package” ain’t a woman.

Jeff Schultz

July 17th, 2010
7:16 pm

Long Way Home — Infante far more likely than Conrad I don’t think he’s a sure thing either. That’s too far down the road right now.

Bob Horner

July 17th, 2010
7:16 pm

JS…you know I’m slow….

Jeff Schultz

July 17th, 2010
7:17 pm

Bobby’s Cox — Chipper: injury. McCann and Heyward: Cox stacking the lineup with righthanders against the lefthanded Narveson.

Jeff Schultz

July 17th, 2010
7:18 pm

Bobby’s Cox — I’m sure whiskey company would be happy to sponsor tailgate. Not sure that’s in a university’s best interest. Just sayin’.

Jeff Schultz

July 17th, 2010
7:19 pm

Prado’s drive didn’t go nearly as far as it “sounded.” Air is like soup.

Long Way Home Brave

July 17th, 2010
7:20 pm

Hey Jeff, have your heard anything about Infante or Conrad being the future replacement for Chipper since this should be his last year with us ?

Jeff Schultz

July 17th, 2010
7:20 pm

Alex Gonzalez hitting third for Braves. Betcha nobody saw that one coming in spring training.

Long Way Home Brave

July 17th, 2010
7:21 pm

Bellefay

July 17th, 2010
7:27 pm

Jeff…Just curious but what kind of food do the Braves serve the press folks?

Jeff Schultz

July 17th, 2010
7:27 pm

So watching Tim Hudson is when I think of things like, “Now why didn’t I think of Tommy John surgery first?”

Long Way Home Brave

July 17th, 2010
7:28 pm

Jeff, is there anyone in the minors to consider taking up Chippers place down the road ?

Jeff Schultz

July 17th, 2010
7:29 pm

Bellefay — You can buy hotdog/pizza for $1 or go to all-you-eat buffet for $10 which changes.

Jeff Schultz

July 17th, 2010
7:32 pm

Not that close down the road. Next obvious guy is Freddie Freeman and he’s 1B.

Long Way Home Brave

July 17th, 2010
7:32 pm

Hows Jordan doing down in the minors, any news about him coming up sometime this year ?

Bellefay

July 17th, 2010
7:34 pm

We’re 3 days away from the anniversary of the 93 sterno press box/Fred McGriff signing fire.

It would be cool of Wren to do something to bring another bat to center to commemorate that odd day.

Bobby's Cox

July 17th, 2010
7:36 pm

The Braves we know and love so far. Pitcher they have never faced-they make him look like the re-incarnation of Cy Young..

Jeff Schultz

July 17th, 2010
7:41 pm

Bellefay — I thought you were going to say it would be cool if there was another pressbox fire. Just make sure it’s on my off day.

Jeff Schultz

July 17th, 2010
7:42 pm

Nice job by Huddy.