Tim Hudson Undergoes Surgery
Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back yesterday. The good news for the Atlanta Braves is that Hudson should recover fully in time for Spring Training to start.
The 36 year old Hudson, finished a successful 2011 season with a 16-10 record, a 3.22 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 215 innings pitched. After making 33 starts in 2011, he fits comfortably into the No. 3 pitcher spot in the Braves’ rotation that includes Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens, Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor. The Braves also have some promising youngsters in the farm system if Hudson is not able to return in time for Opening Day.
The last game Hudson played in the 2011 season was a fight to try to get Atlanta into the postseason. He had been suffering from a cramp in his neck but Atlanta chanced it by sending him to the mound to fight for their playoff lives.
Hudson is not an ace but is a pitcher who can eat up a lot of innings for his team. Over his 13 year career in the majors, Hudson has a 181-97 record and a 3.40 ERA. He also seems to be improving with age. In the two seasons he said his back was bothering him, he posted a 33-19 record with a 3.02 ERA. Both seasons, the Braves were knocking on the door of the postseason.