Wednesday’s Post-Game Interview With Tim Hudson

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Tim Hudson was brilliant for the G-Braves in his Major League rehab assignment on Wednesday night from Coolray Field. The Atlanta Braves ace worked five innings, where he allowed just one unearned run on two hits, while he yielded three walks and struck out four hitters. At one point in the game, Hudson retired 13 consecutive Norfolk hitters en route to his first Triple-A victory of the season.

Hudson started the game off by loading the bases before recording the first out of the night. However, after a 1-2-3 double play, the righty seemed to settle in.

“I seemed to get into a groove following the first inning. I started locating a lot better and started getting better action with my sinker,” said Hudson. “J.C. (Boscan) called a great game. We have always worked well together.”

Following a leadoff triple to Xavier Avery and back-to-back walks, Hudson retired the next 13 batters he faced.

“I got a little shell-shocked with the leadoff triple on the second pitch of the game. But I was able to get the double play, so I got a little lucky right there. That is what you’re looking for in that situation when you have the bases loaded and nobody out. It was a step in the right direction. I don’t feel like I’m quite ready to go, but it was a positive step in the right direction,” said Hudson. “I feel good where I’m at physically. It’s more about executing pitches and figuring out a better way to get big league hitters out.”

Hudson on how he is feeling right now in his rehab process:

“I was able to get ahead (in the count) earlier, especially after that first inning. That triple and couple walks got me in a hole. For the most part, I was able to get ahead of some hitters. I got some swings and misses. I felt pretty good throwing some breaking stuff for strikes and I was able to throw some pretty good curveballs. I feel good where I am with most of my pitches. This is something to build from for the next time out and I can improve from here.”

The consistent right-hander is eager to get back with his teammates in Atlanta, but Hudson knows he still needs work.

“I always want to help the team win as much as I can. Obviously, where you’re on the DL (disabled list) you’re not doing much of anything except being a cheerleader when you’re in the dugout which is okay, but I love being out there,” said the veteran. “I’m a baseball player. I’m a big league pitcher. When I’m not out there pitching, I’m usually not in a good place, but it’s going to be nice to get back out there and help the team win.We (Atlanta) are playing some pretty good baseball right now and I want to be a part of it.”

Hudson on his current velocity:

“I’m a little down from where I want to be. I was mostly in the 89-90 (mph) range most of the night. That’s where I’ve been for the most part. I like to be sitting more on 90 mph and hitting 91-92 more, but I feel that will come once I get my volume of throws up, go deeper into games and get a little more work on the side, a little long-toss and it will improve.”

The Braves ace on pitching for Triple-A and how he is currently still in spring training mode:

“You don’t want to go out there and get embarrassed. Spring training is a little different because everybody is in spring training. These kids are trying to win ballgames,” said Hudson. “Some of them (G-Braves) are pretty locked in right now. They’ve been hitting for two months now so they’re not in spring training mode. From a sharpness standpoint, I’m still trying to fine tune some things to get big league hitters out. It’s on its way.”

Tim Hudson on Coolray Field:

“This is a great place, it’s an awesome facility. These kids are spoiled around here,” Hudson joked. “You have to give them some incentive to get to the big leagues, it’s too nice.”

Hudson is scheduled to make his next start for the Gwinnett Braves on Tuesday against the Charlotte Knights at Coolray Field.

-Tony Piraro

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