ATLANTA -- When Tim Hudson returned to Turner Field on Sunday morning, he seemed much more confident about starting Wednesday night's game against the Yankees. The veteran pitcher has realized significant relief since receiving a cortisone shot on Friday to relieve discomfort caused by bone spurs in his left ankle.
"I think it feels better than it did before my ankle started bothering me," said Hudson, who managed to pitch through discomfort while tossing a shutout against the Marlins last Tuesday.
When Hudson struggled during a bullpen session on Friday, the Braves determined Julio Teheran would pitch in his place on Sunday. It appears the decision to give him a few extra days of rest will prove to be sufficient.
"Based on the way it feels today, I don't think it will be a problem to be ready to pitch on Wednesday," Hudson said.
With Hudson likely to start on Wednesday, Brandon Beachy will get at least one extra day of rest before his next start. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Beachy and Tommy Hanson will start the first two games of next weekend's series against the Orioles. But he has not determined the order.