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Tim Hudson had back surgery Monday

Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:16 pm
By Matt Snyder

Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson has had successful surgery Monday to repair a herniated disc in his back, the club announced. He had hoped to avoid surgery on the back issue that had been bothering him for the past two seasons, but the injury became progressively worse during his offseason workouts.

“Based on today’s procedure, we are happy that this will help alleviate some of the discomfort that Tim felt,” said Braves general manager Frank Wren. “The prognosis is positive for him to be ready for Spring Training and to be able to pitch during the Spring Training schedule.”

Hudson, 36, is slated to be one of the anchors of what should be a strong Braves rotation for 2012. The right-hander was 16-10 with a 3.22 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 158 strikeouts in 215 innings last season.

If Hudson suffers any small setbacks, the Braves have good depth at starting pitcher. Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens (if he doesn't get traded), Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor should join Hudson in the rotation with young prospects Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran waiting in the wings.

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Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:09 am
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Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:09 am

Tim Hudson had back surgery Monday

I'd be really surprised to see the Braves stick with Pastornicky at SS to start the season, but so far they seem to have been pretty quiet on that front. There aren't a ton of options out there either, so I wouldn't be surprised if they traded someone like Jurrjens just yet. The offseason has been relatively quiet so far, and now that the CBA is in tact, and the winter meetings are coming up, I think we'll see a lot of surprises.

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:26 pm

Tim Hudson had back surgery Monday

Thank goodness Wren didn't trade Jurrjens a couple of weeks ago!  A wise man once said "you can never have too much pitching".  While the Braves need more offense, the starting pitching rotation should be kept intact until the Braves see how the young pitchers are going to do and until they can find a reliable bat.  The Braves need a shortstop and a left fielder.  But as long as Prado is a Brave, the real need (in my opinion) is shortstop.  Do the Braves really want to begin the season with an unproven rookie (Tyler Pastornicky) in the most important infield spot?

Since: Nov 4, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:25 pm

Tim Hudson had back surgery Monday

We need timmy healthy, so we can collapse again at the end of the season!  Still pissed at you Atlanta...........Dan Uggla, working on your hitting or is .230 good?  Com'on braves!!!!!!

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