ATLANTA -- Tim Hudson exited Thursday night's Minor League rehab start encouraged about the strength of his surgically repaired back and happy that he no longer has to deal with the pesky hitters that exist at the Class A level.
"If I was in A-ball, I don't think I'd make it out of that league," Hudson said. "[Being savvy] don't work in A-ball."
Hudson awoke on Friday feeling no lingering effects from the start he made for Class A Rome in Thursday night's home opener against Charleston. The 36-year-old veteran right-hander's back felt strong and he had no problem sarcastically evaluating that he had allowed five earned runs and nine hits in four innings.
"I feel really good today," Hudson said. "It was a good step in the right direction. Obviously from an effective standpoint, it was not. But health-wise, it was definitely two thumbs up."
Hudson, who underwent back surgery on Nov. 28, will make at least two starts for Triple-A Gwinnett before being activated from the disabled list. There is a chance he could return to Atlanta's rotation during the April 27-30 series against Pittsburgh.