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Ross likely to catch Hudson until September

Ross likely to catch Hudson until September

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Ross likely to catch Hudson until September
ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez toyed with the idea of having David Ross serve as Jair Jurrjens' personal catcher earlier this year. Since ditching that idea, he has decided that it's best to pair Ross with Tim Hudson for at least the next six weeks.

After making his sixth consecutive All-Star appearance and serving as the National League's starting catcher in Tuesday night's All-Star Game, Brian McCann returned to the Braves Friday and found himself resting as Ross served as Hudson's catcher against the Nationals.

Ross has now served as Hudson's catcher in five straight starts and will likely continue to fill that role until at least September, when it might be more important to put McCann's bat in the lineup than to provide Hudson familiarity with Ross behind the plate.

"I think when we give [McCann] a regular day, he's come back pretty fresh," Gonzalez said. "So why not pick a guy they're comfortable with?"

Entering Friday's start against the Nationals, Hudson had posted a 1.70 ERA in six games with Ross behind the plate and a 4.69 ERA in 12 games with McCann behind the plate.

This certainly doesn't mean Hudson can't prove successful with either catcher. Last year, he posted a 2.88 in 24 games with McCann behind the plate and a 2.73 mark in 11 games with Ross behind the dish.

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