LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tim Hudson took another positive step on Thursday, when he threw live batting practice for the first time this year. The Braves veteran pitcher has been behind schedule as he has been recovering from back surgery performed on Nov. 30.
"It felt really good," Hudson said. "I got tired there at the end. I had a little extra adrenaline with hitters in there. I think that little extra adrenaline gets me feeling like game speed. It's coming out really good. I was really encouraged about how it was coming out of my hand. I felt like my stuff was pretty good for the first day out there."
Hudson will throw a five-minute bullpen session and five minutes of live batting practice again on Sunday. The 36-year-old veteran is scheduled to take another step on Wednesday, when his live batting practice session is lengthened to 10 minutes. At that point, he will have a better idea about when he might make his first appearance in what would likely be a Minor League game.