Hudson's next start Sunday or in NLDS

Hudson's next start Sunday or in NLDS

ATLANTA -- If the Braves clinch the National League Wild Card entry before the end of Saturday's play, Tim Hudson said he will likely skip Sunday's scheduled start and prepare to start either Game 1 or 2 of the NL Division Series.

"Getting some extra rest is pretty important at this time of year," Hudson said.

If Hudson needs to pitch Sunday afternoon's regular-season finale against the Phillies, he would still be in line to start Game 2 of the NLDS on regular rest. That game is scheduled to be played Oct. 8.

The Braves haven't revealed whether they would start Hudson or Derek Lowe in Game 1. Lowe has enhanced his candidacy while going 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA in his past five starts.

With the format of the seven-day NLDS, the Braves may need to carry four starters. Jair Jurrjens completed another relatively pain-free bullpen session Friday. But the club will have to evaluate the strength of his injured right knee before deciding whether it should put him on the Division Series roster.