Hudson set to go on Thursday

Tim Hudson tested his groin with a side session and some defensive drills on Monday night and came away confident that he’ll be able to make his scheduled rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday night.

“It felt pretty good,” Hudson said. “I’m confident I can get my five innings in on Thursday with no problem.”  <p> 

Hudson is scheduled to pitch five innings during his next two rehab starts and then will likely make two more six-inning appearances before returning to the Majors after the rosters are expanded in September.

While there’s a chance the Braves would choose to use Hudson as a reliever, they’ll continue to stretch him out with the mindset that he’ll fit somewhere in a rotation that currently is filled with five healthy and effective pitchers.

Monday marked the first time that Hudson had thrown off a mound since straining his groin before his scheduled rehab start on July 31. 

“Arm-wise and throwing- wise I think I’m pretty close,” Hudson said. “I just need to get used to getting used to pitching at game speed again.”  <p>

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“Tim Hudson tested his groin with a side session and some defensive drills on Monday night”Oh man, you have no idfea how hard it is for me to

“Tim Hudson tested his groin with a side session and some defensive drills on Monday night”Oh man, you have no idea how hard it is for me to pass up that sentance. This is a good news, we need someone in the bullpen…

The more innings he throws whether he is used as a starter or reliever the better. It would be great to have Huddy as long relief which could consist of anywhere from 2 to 6 innings so by all means stretch his innings out like he’s going to start.

you have no idea how happy i am to be getting hudson back!

I have analyzed three possible situations for the Braves up until August 14 (Friday). I have optimistic, pessimistic, and likely standings. Optimistic (meaning Phils/Fish lose all games, Braves win all) leaves the Marlins 3.5 GB and the Braves 2.0 GB. Pessimistic (meaning Phils/Fish win all, Braves lose all) leaves Marlins 3.5 GB and the Braves (GULP!) 7 GB. And the Most Likely (I went through pitching match ups, splits, etc.) has the Marlins 2.5 GB and the Braves 3.5 GB. I picked the Phils drop 2 out of 3. I’m still not sure of Pedro. Their offense has been slipping, and The Cubs play great at home, always have since the Y2K scare. Marlins, oh boy, this will be a good series. Almost all the pitchers are question marks or just suck. Roy is hurt and making his first start back. Houston has been playing badly, and the fish haven’t. Fish win 2 outta 3. Braves, well they have the pitching, Braves draw their ace and future ace back to back. Qustion is, can they stop the ever so hot National offence? Yes. They can. And they better. Braves have homefield advantage and that goes a long way against Nationals. C’mon Braves, don’t let the Nats fool you, take off their “8 -0″ mask and reveal the REAL Nationals. Like in Scooby Doo!

Did anyone else notice that our beloved Mets had Francoeur batting cleanup last night? Wow.

Saw the Mississippi Braves last night. First time I have seen Heyward or Freeman. Heyward impressed me with his speed, despite his large frame—a triple in the 1st and he flew around the bases. But I was very pleased with Freeman’s glove work. Is he generally thought of as a good defender?

According to rother, no…

He made some good digs and displayed good instincts and a good arm as the cutoff man last night. Just one game, but I was excited about it. Going again tonight. Other than Heyward and Freeman, the rest of their team seemed rather mediocre.

I think Freeman gets more points for his hands than his feet at this stage. He was pretty slow footed in Spring Training from all accounts, but I don’t think that will stop him from being in Gwinnett to begin 2010 though. I’ve got to believe Canizares will be moved to an American League team over the winter to make some room for Freeman, but we’ll see.

I think the only thing that keeps Freeman from looking like a superstar is his All World roommate. It’s hard to be the prettiest girl in the room when you room with Miss Universe.

Is Luis Valdez are supposed closer of the future right now?

Yes, Francoeur has been batting cleanup since he went to NY. He is hitting .298/4HR/19RBI. He seems to be having a lot more fun in NY, I am really happy for him. I hope that doesn’t come back to haunt us. BTW Church is batting .278/2HR/9RBI since he came over. I am keeping an open mind on this trade though. Next year will tell the story.

Infante has been activated I believe.

“Is he generally thought of as a good defender?”

Yes. Well, sort of. He’s very good at 1B. Fields it well. Has good footwork, glovework, doesn’t make errors, etc.. Doesn’t have a whole lot of range, though, which takes him out of the “elite defensive 1B” category. Sort of like LaRoche, actually. He won’t be a plus defender at 1st, but he won’t be a liability. Anyway, as long as you can actually play the position, it’s not that big of a deal. Having an elite defensive 1B isn’t the secret to winning the world series. But if you’re throwing a guy out there who makes every ground ball turn into an adventure (Cough Adam Dunn), it’s going to kill you. Freeman is certainly not in that category.

Yeah, Church did as advertised and Francoeur did much better than expected. It looks like it worked out well for both teams.

I know I’m probably in the minority but I would have much preferred to see Norton have been released instead of Diory being optioned.

Couple of reasons, Norton should be no better than the #4 option(arguably) at best,(maybe#5) as a pinch hitter.

Infante,Diaz,KJ should all be options to come to the plate with the game on the line no matter the pitcher long before Norton.

Secondly I bet there will be a spot between now and Sept 1 roster expansions that a Pinch runner will be needed late in a game more than Norton’s services will be needed as the #4 option (PH) off the bench.

Also sadly, I’m afraid that BC will continue to give Norton key AB’s late in the game over players that have better bats at this point in the season.

On the plus side it gives Diory some AB’s and a chance to regain his stroke in AAA.

Maybe Wren can fine tune the roster on the 31st with a better option for the bench than Norton.

Also forgot to add that Chipper’s maladies with the various body parts makes an extra infielder more useful than a pinch hitter with no position swinging a terribly unproductive stick.

billreef, when you put it like that you make it seem like Francoeur is having more success than Church since their trade. Here’s another way of looking at it: Francoeur: 110 Plate appearances, .309 OBP, 4 HR’s, 19 RBI’s, 10 Runs scored. Church: 65 Plate appearances, .400 OBP, 2 HR’s, 9 RBI’s, 12 Runs scored. Their home run and rbi totals are roughly the same when you consider Church plays about half as much. And despite the lack of playing time compared to Francoeur, Church has scored more runs because he knows how to actually get on base by drawing what is commonly referred to as a “walk”. Hopefully, the Mets will have more success teaching Francoeur what a “walk” is than the Braves did.

Norton and Diory are both fairly useless players. You get to keep both of them around by optioning Diory and keeping Norton, so between the two I think it makes sense. Whether or not Norton should be on the roster at the expense of Conrad or someone else is a whole ‘nother debate. And the answer is probably not.

Infante is playing 2nd, batting 8th… LaRoche, McLouth, and Kelly are out of the lineup.

Norton, sportin lousyness

I agree with PW but Diory hit well at AAA but nothing with Atlanta. Norton’s biggest problem when compared to last year is the low number of at bats this year. Then again if we had something proven better he would not be on the bench or team.

Random thought: I wouldn’t be upset if when Caryle comes back we option Medlen to AAA so he can continue to start because in my opinion he’s a good 3rd starter and the ceiling of a number 2. I know this will ever happen. You peoples thoughts?

If Medlen gets optioned to AAA it probably to make room for Hudson.

Or would you rather send Manny Acosta down

Bobby cocks.

If you actually read my post you would see that I said I was keeping an open mind on this trade. Too soon to evlauate anyone, especially Church who hasn’t had many at bats and hasn’t done squat until the last few games. The point that I was making is that some pretty talented baseball people saw fit to place Frenchy into the number 4 slot on one of the highest paid teams in baseball. And he has produced. He isn’t getting paid to walk, he’s getting paid to hit for power and drive in runs, both of which he is doing very well in NY. He has really come to the rescue as a front line guy on a team decimated by injury. And if we factor in defense it’s really no contest.

Billreef, You, nor anyone, can not compare Frenchy to Church by how he has hit in NY. If you want to compare Frenchy to Church, you have to compare his 2009 Atlanta stats to Church’s 2009 Atlanta stats. The only statement you can make out of your facts is that NY has better coaches than Atlanta. But thats about it. Francouer wasn’t destined to hit 4HRs. If he was in Atlanta , he probably wouldn’t. Don’t you think its sad that our 8th hitter is their clean up guy?Anyways, here is Jeff’s stats as a Brave and Churchs as a Brave. Jeff: .227/.301/.408 Ryan: .298/.429/.474Bottom Line: Ryan Church is a improvement over Jeff. Now I don’t want to hear another word about Jeff Francouer.

For anyone who wanted to know: Adam LaRoche: .344/.436/.469Casey Kotchman: .282/.354/.409

billreef, it wasn’t a personal attack so there’s really no reason to get upset, and certainly no reason to get vulgar with some lame, childish play on words. I might’ve gotten a kick out of that when I was a teenager. My point was that if you look a little deeper into their stats, rather than just the cursory batting average, home run, rbi stats (which most people have discarded in favor of obp and slugging), then you will see that Church is having every bit as much of success than Francoeur since the trade, if not moreso. Also, Church is a better fielder than Francoeur. A visit to fangraphs will illustrate that. Francoeur does, however, have a better arm. And the only reason he is in the cleanup spot is because the Mets have been decimated with injuries, not because he belongs there.

Sunday, I’ll go to Church, just want take any airfare around Timmy Hudson River, but I’ve always been mighty Chipper when I’m looking for an energy Escobar. Glad the Big Red Machine Hanson helped me to find one, but Nate and his big Mclouth got to it first. I called the Skipper and he said Bobby’s Cox was in his mouth and hadn’t had an Escobar today. I was worried and got very very Lowe, but my DL, Buddy pulled me out when he shared some of his extra sweets with me. Boy I love Buddy. He and I went to the Golden Arches cause it was Mac time, lets get a burger. It was delicious. Thanks and go Bravitos.

Sunday, I’ll go to Church, just want take any airfare around Timmy Hudson River, but I’ve always been mighty Chipper when I’m looking for an energy Escobar. Glad the Big Red Machine Hanson helped me to find one, but Nate and his big Mclouth got to it first. I called the Skipper and he said Bobby’s Cox was in his mouth and hadn’t had an Escobar today. I was worried and got very very Lowe, but my DL, Buddy pulled me out when he shared some of his extra sweets with me. Boy I love Buddy. He and I went to the Golden Arches cause it was Mac time, lets get a burger. It was delicious. Thanks and go Bravitos.

Ready to see some Huddy on the hill! I say we send Acosta packing. The guy has shown me nothing!

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