BOSTON -- When Tim Hudson starts Tuesday night's game against the D-backs, he will be dealing with the same left ankle discomfort that has bothered him for more than a month. But he would much rather deal with this pain once every five days than undergo a surgical procedure that would sideline him for two months.
Hudson's left ankle discomfort is a product of bone spurs that have bothered him a little more than they had over the previous few years. The 37-year-old pitcher will have them removed during an offseason surgical procedure, and he has not entertained the thought of missing more time this season.
"Because [my ankle] is a weight-bearing joint, it would be a two-month thing," Hudson said. "If it was an elbow or a wrist, it would be like a month or not even. It's not a big deal. It's just another offseason surgery. I've got to get my 200-inning oil change every year."
Since missing most of this season's first month while recovering from offseason back surgery, Hudson has posted 3.88 ERA in 10 starts. His ankle was bothering him so much before his June 5 start against the Marlins that he told former Braves long reliever Livan Hernandez to be prepared to make an early entrance.
Hudson completed a five-hit shutout against the Marlins that day and has posted a 2.25 ERA while limiting opponents to a .205 batting average in three starts this month. He said the ankle has become a little less bothersome as the past couple weeks have progressed.