ATLANTA -- The Braves will promote their top pitching prospect Julio Teheran to start Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays in place of Tim Hudson, who has recently been bothered by bone spurs in his left ankle.
With the belief that Hudson needs just a few extra days of rest, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Teheran will likely make the start and immediately return to Triple-A Gwinnett. The 21-year-old right-hander has gone 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 11 starts this season.
After completing his first complete game and shutout of the year against the Marlins on Tuesday, Hudson said that he was shocked with the results. On Saturday, he revealed that his ankle had bothered him throughout the game and had gotten worse as the week progressed.
Hudson gained some relief after receiving a cortisone shot after struggling to get through a bullpen session on Friday. But the Braves will provide him at least a few extra days to rest the ankle. There is a chance he could return for Wednesday's series finale against the Yankees.
"If it keeps improving from the way it did yesterday to today, it will be fine," said Hudson, who did not experience any further problems after receiving a cortisone shot to heal the same left ankle ailment last year.
Hudson said his ankle bothered him so much before Tuesday's game, that he exited the bullpen with some concerns that he might not even make it through the first inning.
"I told Livo [Hernandez] coming out of the bullpen that he might want to start stretching his legs out because I don't know how good this is going to go," Hudson said.
This will be Teheran's first Major League start since he beat the Mets on Sept. 8. He went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in the three starts he made for Atlanta last year.