Hudson feels he's ready for 'pen sessions

Hudson feels he's ready for 'pen sessions

Hudson feels he's ready for 'pen sessions
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tim Hudson has spent the past week lightly going through the motions of his delivery while throwing off the bullpen mound.

After returning to Atlanta for a scheduled checkup on Tuesday, the right-hander believes he will be cleared to begin completing normal bullpen sessions.

Hudson underwent a Nov. 30 surgical procedure to fuse the L5 and S1 vertebrae. Doctors will evaluate him Tuesday to make sure that the bone fusing these vertebrae is now solid. The 36-year-old veteran pitcher has not experienced any recent back discomfort. He will likely be sidelined until at least early May.

"I don't feel like there has been any setback since the last time I saw the doctor, which means things are still healing up," Hudson said. "If it would have gotten real sore or something felt different, there might have been a setback. But there wasn't any of that."