Once healthy, Tim Hudson hopes to return to Atlanta's rotation

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ATLANTA — Tim Hudson says he plans to return next season from right ankle surgery and hopes he’s still pitching for the Atlanta Braves.

Atlanta's Chris Johnson (center) is congratulated by Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman after his three-run homer.  DAVID TULIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta's Chris Johnson (center) is congratulated by Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman after his three-run homer.

Hudson, 38, sat in the clubhouse Friday waiting to have his cast and staples removed and replaced with a walking boot. He underwent season-ending surgery two weeks ago and begins treatment soon.

Hudson says the Braves, his team since 2005, need to fully gauge his health before discussing another contract. He agrees.

“Yeah, I think it’s one of those things where we’re both on the same page,” he said. “They want to see how I bounce back from this and how I feel. I haven’t spoken to them personally, but that’s just kind of the common sense thing.

“I want to know if I’m healthy and I want to know that this thing’s right. If I am, then I think it’s – I know I’ll continue playing, but hopefully it’s here.”

Hudson broke his ankle on July 24 against the New York Mets when Eric Young Jr. inadvertently stepped on the back of his lower right leg while he was covering first base.

“I don’t feel like this is going to really slow down my career at all,” Hudson said. “I feel like – obviously, the timing isn’t great with when it happened – but I feel like my track record is good enough. If I feel like this thing is back to 100 percent, I definitely want to keep playing.”

After going 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA this season, Hudson is 205-111 in 14 seasons. His .649 winning percentage ranks 10th-best among pitchers with at least 300 career decisions.

Hudson’s four-year, $36 million contract expires at the end of the season.

He believes he will be ready for the start of spring training in February.

“We’re looking at three to four months,” he said, “and I should be back like new.”

HOMERS HELP BRAVES CRUISE

ATLANTA — Justin Upton, Chris Johnson and Brian McCann homered, Brandon Beachy pitched eight strong innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 5-0 on Friday night for their 14th consecutive victory.

They are one shy of tying the 2000 team for the longest winning streak since the franchise relocated to Atlanta in 1966.

Beachy (1-0) scattered three hits, allowed one walk and struck out six.

– Associated Press

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rmwhitley 08/10/13 - 09:48 am
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I like Huddy.

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I just wish he'd shut up about Auburn.

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