Tim Hudson In Prognosis Positive

Braves pitching elder statesman, Tim Hudson, underwent successful back surgery to fix a herniated disc. The old man in the rotation should be cleared to hand out hard candy to those young whippersnappers and yell “get off my lawn” by Spring Training. The surgery was overdue

The Braves say Hudson has had discomfort in his back the past two seasons. The surgery was scheduled after the pain became worse during his offseason workouts.

Braves general manager Frank Wren said “the prognosis is positive” for Hudson to pitch in spring training.

Hudson still made 34 starts in 2010 and another 33 in 2011 with a 2.83 ERA/4.09 FIP (fielding independent pitching) and 3.22/3.39 respectively. The 36-year-old still has some gas left in the tank and will make $9M in 2012 with a club option for 2013.

If he is healthy in 2012, Hudson, at the very least, could be an attractive trading chip for the pitching rich Braves come July. In the meantime, he can teach some of the young pitchers the value of hard work and how easy they have it by telling them stories like how he used to walk to school in three feet of snow in shoes two sizes too small and then go work in the salt mines.

Topics: Old Man In The Rotation, Tim Hudson

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  • zackflagel11

    In my opinion, trading Hudson away should be the farthest thing from our mind. He’s way more valuable to the Braves than he’d be to any other team. Plus, he has ten-and-five rights and I’m pretty sure he likes it here, so I don’t it’ll ever happen. I think it’s safe to say he’ll retire a Brave.

    I’m surprised he was actually hurt during this past season because he actually played really well. Usually guys who play while hurt don’t perform well (see Heyward, Prado, McCann and Jurrjens 2nd half etc.)

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    For being such a well respected pitcher he is probably one of the most underrated. DOB tweeted these and put them in his column:

    “Over the past two seasons, Hudson went 33-19 with a 3.02 ERA and .232 opponents’ average in 443-2/3 innings. For comparison, Phillies star Cliff Lee was 29-17 with a 2.77 ERA and .234 OA in 445 innings during that two-year span, and Giants ace Tim Lincecum was 29-24 with a 3.08 ERA and .232 OA in 429-1/3 innings.”

    Pretty solid for a guy no one considers a ‘true ace’

  • zackflagel11

    In my opinion, trading Hudson away should be the farthest thing from our mind. He’s way more valuable to the Braves than he’d be to any other team. Plus, he has ten-and-five rights and I’m pretty sure he likes it here, so I don’t it’ll ever happen. I think it’s safe to say he’ll retire a Brave.

    I’m surprised he was actually hurt during this past season because he actually played really well. Usually guys who play while hurt don’t perform well (see Heyward, Prado, McCann and Jurrjens 2nd half etc.)

  • zackflagel11

    @CarlosCollazo Yeah it seems these days a “true ace” must rack in a ton of strikeouts, something Hudson (and Jurrjens for that matter) has never really done that much.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    @zackflagel11 I would consider someone a true ace if they put out a ton of innings, have a low BAA, and high strikeout rate/high GB rate + control.

  • zackflagel11

    @CarlosCollazo Yeah I’d have to agree. When he’s healthy, would you consider Tommy Hanson a true ace?

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    @zackflagel11 Without a doubt.

  • mjlloyd

    Hudson is underrated, I agree. 3.68 tERA and 3.49 xFIP last year. I think they could move him in July and he’d waive his 10-5 because it would be to a contender.

    Hanson is an ace if healthy. I saw his first MLB start and several others. I’m no scout but his stuff is definitely front end.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    For being such a well respected pitcher he is probably one of the most underrated. DOB tweeted these and put them in his column:

    “Over the past two seasons, Hudson went 33-19 with a 3.02 ERA and .232 opponents’ average in 443-2/3 innings. For comparison, Phillies star Cliff Lee was 29-17 with a 2.77 ERA and .234 OA in 445 innings during that two-year span, and Giants ace Tim Lincecum was 29-24 with a 3.08 ERA and .232 OA in 429-1/3 innings.”

    Pretty solid for a guy no one considers a ‘true ace’

  • zackflagel11

    @CarlosCollazo Yeah it seems these days a “true ace” must rack in a ton of strikeouts, something Hudson (and Jurrjens for that matter) has never really done that much.

  • zackflagel11

    @mjlloyd you saw his debut too? I was there as well on 6/7/09. remember the day like it was yesterday…no doubt is tommy an ace… Just gotta keep him on the field.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    @zackflagel11 I would consider someone a true ace if they put out a ton of innings, have a low BAA, and high strikeout rate/high GB rate + control.

  • zackflagel11

    @CarlosCollazo Yeah I’d have to agree. When he’s healthy, would you consider Tommy Hanson a true ace?

  • zackflagel11

    @mjlloyd as for Hudson getting traded, Braves would be out of their mind to trade him if they are in playoff contention, which they are fully expected to be. If everything goes wrong and Braves don’t have a shot, then I guess it’s a possibility, but I still find it highly unlikely.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    @zackflagel11 Without a doubt.

  • mjlloyd

    Hudson is underrated, I agree. 3.68 tERA and 3.49 xFIP last year. I think they could move him in July and he’d waive his 10-5 because it would be to a contender.

    Hanson is an ace if healthy. I saw his first MLB start and several others. I’m no scout but his stuff is definitely front end.

  • zackflagel11

    @mjlloyd you saw his debut too? I was there as well on 6/7/09. remember the day like it was yesterday…no doubt is tommy an ace… Just gotta keep him on the field.

  • zackflagel11

    @mjlloyd as for Hudson getting traded, Braves would be out of their mind to trade him if they are in playoff contention, which they are fully expected to be. If everything goes wrong and Braves don’t have a shot, then I guess it’s a possibility, but I still find it highly unlikely.