Hudson has pain-free three-inning outing

Hudson has pain-free three-inning outing

Hudson has pain-free three-inning outing
NEW YORK -- Tim Hudson enjoyed three pain-free innings while pitching for Class A Rome against Charleston on Saturday night. The 36-year-old right-hander is aiming to rejoin the Braves' rotation during the series against the Pirates at the end of the month.

Hudson allowed two runs (one earned) and four hits in three innings. Two of the four hits he surrendered were infield singles recorded by Dante Bichette Jr.

"He felt great and now he'll go toward his next start," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez and Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell will be at State Mutual Stadium on Thursday night, when Hudson starts Rome's home opener against this same Charleston team. He will be scheduled to throw 60-65 pitches and attempt to complete four innings.

Hudson has been encouraged by the steady progress he has made since undergoing back surgery on Nov. 28.