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Spring Training Report- Non Roster Invitees, Pitchers

The Atlanta Braves are ready to open up Spring Training camp on Thursday, February 13.  While, the majority of the 40-man roster returns from a season ago, the roster did take some hits this off season, losing Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm and Brian McCann to free agency. However, the Braves are locked and loaded to compete for their second straight East Division crown and their third straight postseason berth.

The Braves will enter camp with 62 players, inviting 22 non-roster players to join the fold in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Many of the players will get their first taste of big league camp, while others will compete for a chance at the 25-man roster. Arms are always at a premium, so we will go over all the hurlers that will report to the Disney complex on Thursday.  The Braves invited 11 non-roster pitchers, left-handers Ian Thomas, Daniel Rodriguez, Atahualpa Severino and right-handers Lay Batista, J.R. Graham, Jason Hursh, Mark Lamm, Cody Martin, Yunesky Maya, Gus Schlosser and Shae Simmons.

Martin (Moore)

Martin (Moore)

Among the 11 invited, two have big league experience as Severino and Maya spent some time with the Washington Nationals. In 2009, Maya fled Cuba and signed with the Nationals. However, the 32-year old right-hander didn’t live up to the four-year, six-million dollar deal that he signed with Washington, going 1-5 with a 5.80 ERA in 16 games (10 starts) for the Nationals over the last four years. He will compete for a bullpen spot along with former teammate Severino, but they could end up with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Former Los Angeles Angels’ farmhand Lay Batista is the only other non-roster invitee that did not start his career in the Braves system. Batista reached Double-A last year, going 5-8 with a 3.37 ERA in 122.2 IP. He has relief experience, but primarily started the last two seasons.  He will likely start in Double-A Mississippi, but he will get a long look at big league camp.

The rest of the invitees have been with the Braves since they began their professional careers. Left-handers Ian Thomas and Daniel Rodriguez are interesting prospects, as the Braves’ bullpen enters camp with one lefty reliever. While, Jonny Venters recovers from “Tommy John” surgery, the Braves will look for another southpaw to emerge during Spring Training. Thomas had a strong showing in 2013, going 7-8 with a 2.76 ERA in 104.1 IP. He struck out 123 batters while walking 37. Rodriguez’ numbers did not resemble Thomas’, but he has been in big league camp two straight seasons and starred in Triple-A Gwinnett last year before an injury shutdown his 2013 campaign.

Rodriguez was not the only one that was shut down with an injury in 2013, as Graham had to miss the second half of the season with a shoulder injury. Graham made a name for himself during last Spring Training, tossing in 9.0 IP, allowing six hits, striking out five and recording two saves. He was sent down to Double-A Mississippi, landing on the DL in May.

With Graham’s absences on the M-Braves roster, Schlosser, Lamm and Martin, had a chance to shine for the Braves Double-A affiliate. Schlosser had the most impressive resume, going 7-6 with a 2.39 ERA in 25 starts, but he was the only one of the three that was not promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett. Lamm and Martin got their first taste of the International League circuit. Lamm went 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA, while Martin went 3-4 with a 3.49 ERA for the G-Braves.

Finally, the last two players that will get a look during big league camp will be Simmons and Hursh. Simmons dominated Class-A Rome, recording a club-record 24 saves, surpassing former record holder Sung Ki Jung of the inaugural 2003 club. While, last season first round pick Hursh will get his first taste of the big leagues during Spring Training. Hursh lived up to the billing last year, going 1-1 with a 0.67 ERA in 27.0 IP for Class-A Rome. The former Cowboy has an impressive upside, but he is likely heading to Double-A Mississippi to continue his development.

The 11 pitchers that are heading to big league camp will get a long look during Spring Training, but it is likely that all players will start the season in one of the Braves Minor League systems.

Tomorrow we will go over the 11 position players that have been invited to big league camp.

-JD-

G-Braves Game Notes for 4.29.12 at Toledo

It’s another busy Sunday for the G-Braves today as they continue a four-game set at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH.  Gwinnett captured its third-straight win last night with an 8-3 decision over the Mud Hens, getting some serious production out of the middle of the order.  Ernesto Mejia and Joey Terdoslavich each went 2-for-4 with home runs and two RBI (both hitting their third blasts of the year), while Stefan Gartrell notched a two-run double to give the G-Braves a permanent lead in the fifth inning.   Right-hander Todd Redmond (W, 2-2) turned in his second quality start, limiting the ‘Hens to three runs over 6.0 innings while striking out seven.  As usual, the G-Pen was air-tight as right-handers Erik Cordier and Jason Rice combined on 3.0 scoreless, one-hit innings.

Dave Brundage’s IL South-leading crew will try to capture the series with Toledo today with right-hander Jair Jurrjens set to make his first start since being optioned to Triple-A.   Jurrjens is 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA (10 ER in 19.0 IP) in four career Triple-A starts, all coming on previous MLB Rehab assignments with the G-Braves.  Ironically, he’ll face the Triple-A affiliate of the organization that signed him in 2003 today, the Detroit-affiliated Mud Hens.  Jurrjens skipped over Toledo on his way to the big-leagues in 2007 and has never faced the Tigers nor one of their minor league affiliates since arriving in Atlanta.  Needless to say, it’s an interesting match-up for JJ’s first start.

Speaking of MLB Rehab assignments, right-hander Tim Hudson’s is now officially done.  He’s been activated from the Atlanta DL and starts for the Braves today against Pittsburgh.  That means a chain of roster moves affecting your Gwinnett Braves.  Right-hander Cory Gearrin has been optioned back to Gwinnett, where he’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two saves in seven outings this year…he did not pitch for Atlanta after being recalled on April 24.  To make room for Gearrin, left-hander Ben Swaggerty (0-0, 4.32 in six games) has been transferred to Rookie-A Danville.

With all of these moves, it’s been a busy Sunday morning  for Media/PR managers also.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.29.12 GBraves Game Notes

While you’re watching Huddy go back to work today, don’t forget to tune in to JJ’s first bounce-back start at 2:00 PM on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM.  Tony Schiavone has the call from Toledo.  You can also get the broadcast online at WDUN.com.

-DL

G-Braves Pitchers Ready To Shoulder The Load

(Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts)

The Gwinnett Braves (13-7) currently reside in first place of the International League South Division. A huge part of their early success thus far in 2012 can be attributed to their top-notch pitching staff. Presently, the G-Braves have the No. 1 overall pitching in the International League.

Gwinnett possess the top team ERA (2.56), shutouts (5), innings pitched (186.0), least total runs allowed (66) and least earned runs allowed (53) in the 14-team league. The G-Braves are also ranked third in the IL in wins (13), second in least losses (7), fifth in saves (6), fourth in least hits allowed (160), second in least home runs allowed (7) and third in strikeouts (171).

Marty Reed’s staff as a whole has been exceptional this season, but more importantly, they have been consistent. Every arm from top to bottom has made giant contributions to the G-Braves’ success. Already, one player has already been called up to the big club and he is in the form of Cory Gearrin. The righty reliever worked as a set-up man and part-time closer for Gwinnett, where he allowed no runs in 12.1 innings of work and recorded two saves.

Yohan Flande leads the pitchers with a 0.00 ERA through three starts, totaling 15.2 innings. The lefty has been dominant this season, as well as, being a pleasant surprise to the rotation. Flande has allowed just five hits total this season and struck out 16 batters, while walking seven.

Obviously, the reigning IL Pitcher of the Year and IL Rookie of the Year, Julio Teheran has been his usual self for the most part. Barring one start where he was on extended rest due to the Tim Hudson rehab appearances, Teheran has been solid. The ace of the staff is 2-1 with a 3.78 ERA and has struck out 13 batters through 16.1 innings of work. Teheran is rated the No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball according to numerous sources including Baseball America and MLB.com.

The veteran of the staff, Todd Redmond has been consistently good as always. He is 1-2 on the year with a 2.61 ERA but has been dealing with a lot of tough luck. For instance, in his last start at Coolray Field, the righty allowed just one earned run and still took the loss. Currently, Redmond is second in the IL in strikeouts (27) with just 20.2 innings under his belt and he has only walked six batters this season. When his luck starts to turns for the better, watch out.

The bullpen consists of six remarkable Gwinnett pitchers who have an ERA below 3.00 in 2012. Anthony Varvaro has yet to allow a run in his short time with the club, after coming off a Major League rehab assignment. Dusty Hughes has an incredible 0.87 ERA through 10 innings of work, alongside a 1.05 WHIP. The southpaw is also tied with Gearrin for the team-lead in saves with two.  Jaye Chapman has a miniscule ERA at 1.74 so far, including a 0.87 WHIP and 11 strikeouts to just three walks through 10.1 innings pitched. Veteran of the bullpen Buddy Carlyle has been dominant so far in Triple-A. The righty owns a 1.80 ERA and has struck out 12 batters in 15.0 innings thus far. Right-hander Jason Rice possesses a 2.25 ERA this season through eight innings on the mound for the G-Braves. The former White Sox, Padre and Tampa Bay Ray Adam Russell has transitioned beautifully to the Gwinnett bullpen. The 6-foot, 8-inch righty is currently registering a 2.89 ERA, alongside a save and 11 strikeouts through nine and one-third innings of work.

The scary part is that this G-Braves team is leading the league in pitching and in first place before the bats have yet to awaken. Once the team is running on all cylinders, this G-Brave team is going to be more fun to watch than they already are. One fact remains unquestionable, the Atlanta Braves have a stockpile of hard throwers who are ready to get big league hitters out on a consistent basis whenever their time may arise.

By: Tony Piraro

Tim Hudson Making Second Start for G-Braves Tuesday

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

The Gwinnett Braves are coming off a disappointing three-game road trip, losing two of three games to the Charlotte Knights. The Chicago White Sox affiliate is currently two games behind the G-Braves for first place in the International League South Division.

In fact, the Knights are now at Coolray Field for three more games with Gwinnett, as the G-Braves have payback on the mind. Tuesday night, Atlanta Braves ace Tim Hudson (1-0, 0.00) will be making his second start for the G-Braves as he inches closer to the big leagues.

Infielder Drew Sutton is currently on an 11-game hit streak entering play Tuesday night for the G-Braves. The switch-hitter is batting .258 this season with seven RBI and two stolen bases. He also added a game-winning hit to his resume, against Norfolk last week in extra innings from Coolray Field.

Starting Line-up: Charlotte Knights (10-8, 2nd) vs Gwinnett (12-6, 1st) – Tuesday, April 24 @ 7:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field

Righty Tim Hudson will be looking for a repeat performance of his masterful, five-inning win against the Norfolk Tides a week ago. Huddy will be matching up against the Knights southpaw Charlie Leesman (1-1, 5.02) from Lawrenceville, Georgia. Be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM.

Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Tyler Kuhn, 2B

2) Jim Gallagher, LF

3) Conor Jackson, 3B

4) Dan Johnson, DH

5) Hector Gimenez, 1B

6) Josh Phegley, C

7) Jordan Danks, CF

8) Greg Golson, RF

9) Ozzie Martinez, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, RF

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Jordan Parraz, DH

8) Josh Wilson, SS

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Notes for 4.22.12 at Charlotte

The Charlotte Knights put a halt to Gwinnett’s five-game winning streak last night, handing the G-Braves just their second loss in the last 13 games with a 3-1 decision at Knights Stadium.  Right-hander Todd Redmond fanned a season-high 10 batters over 5.2 innings, but the Braves’ bats couldn’t do much of anything against the combination of Knights’ starter Charlie Shirek and reliever Leyson Septimo.  Josh Wilson tallied the lone RBI for Gwinnett with a groundout.  Drew Sutton doubled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, while Ernesto Mejia walked to extend his on-base streak to 15 games.

It’s time to take the series today as right-hander Erik Cordier (0-0, 5.54) looks for his first win in his fourth start.  He’ll go up against right-hander Dylan Axelrod (1-1, 1.56) for the Knights.  First pitch is at 2:15 PM, listen to the game with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM/102.9 FM and online at WDUN.com.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.22.12 GBraves Game Notes

The G-Braves (and the G-Braves’ Media Relations Department) have off tomorrow, but are back at Coolray Field for a three-game series against Charlotte from Tuesday, April 24 through Thursday, April 26.  If you missed Atlanta Braves’ right-hander Tim Hudson the first time around, never fear.  It appears that “Huddy” will be starting the series opener on Tuesday night.  It’s a 7:05 PM start time, so make plans and join us.

-DL

Homestand Highlights, Upcoming G-Braves Schedule

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

The Gwinnett Braves opened their season at Coolray Field with flying colors. The G-Braves were able to withstand pre-game ceremonies, Japanese debuts, Major League rehab assignments and of couse, rain and weather delays. Nevertheless, Gwinnett was able to capitalize off their home field advantage in the first eight home games of the 2012 regular season, going 7-1 at Coolray Field. Gwinnett is also tied with LeHigh Valley (PHI) for an International League-best 11 wins. Most importantly however, the G-Braves are atop the IL South Division, resting comfotably in first place as they commute to Charlotte this weekend. Continue to follow us at the G-Blog all season long for anything Braves…

Home Opener: Thursday, April 12 vs Durham Bulls, 1-0 @ Coolray Field

G-Braves Stampede Bulls 7-1 in Home Opener (click on link to read recap from game)

Julio Teheran won his first game of the season as the G-Braves finally defeated Durham after losing three of their first four games of the season in North Carolina a week earlier. Tommie Aaron’s No. 23 was re-retired on the right field wall at Coolray Field prior to the game.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Home Game No. 2: Friday, April 13 vs Durham Bulls, 2-0 @ Coolray Field

 
Yohan Flande was nearly untouchable for Gwinnett, working five scoreless frames for his first win of the season. Joey Terdoslavich blasted off for his first home run of the season at Coolray Field as the G-Braves won their sixth consecutive game.
 
 
(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess) 
 
Home Game No. 3: Saturday, April 14 vs Durham Bulls, 3-0 @ Coolray Field
 

Six-Run Third Propels G-Braves Past Durham, 12-7 

The G-Braves and Bulls combined to collect 22 hits and 19 total runs in the slugfest. Regardless, the G-Braves came out on top as Christian Marrero led the way with a 3-for-4 night alongside his three RBI. Eric Junge scooped up his first victory of the 2012 regular season as well.

(Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden)

Home Game No. 4: Sunday, April 15 vs Durham Bulls, 3-1 @ Coolray Field

Durham Snaps G-Braves’ Win-Streak at Six 

The G-Braves six-game win streak was snapped by the Durham Bulls on Sunday. This was the only game of the homestand that Gwinnett ended up losing and that could have been prevented as well. Most of the damage was done in the fifth inning when unearned runs were scored off Todd Redmond, who took his first loss of the season.

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Home Game No. 5: Monday, April 16 vs Norfolk Tides, 4-1 @ Coolray Field

Late-Inning Heroics Squeak G-Braves Past Tides

The first game of the Norfolk series was the best game of the G-Braves eight-game homestand. It was a struggle for either team in this game to score a run. However, the Tides pushed a run across in the top of the 12th inning with thoughts of stealing the first game of the four-game series. The G-Braves were quick to respond in their half of the 12th as J.C. Boscan drove home the tying run and Drew Sutton drove in the winning run as Gwinnett remained undefeated against Norfolk in 2012.

(Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden)

Home Game No. 6: Tuesday, April 17 vs Norfolk Tides, 5-1 @ Coolray Field

Teheran, G-Braves Roll Tides, 6-0

Julio Teheran was more impressive in his second start at home as he secured his second straight win of the season with five and two-third scoreless innings of work, as the G-Braves shutout Norfolk. Jose Yepez was the offense as he drove home three runs with his base-clearing double.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Home Game No. 7: Wednesday, April 18 vs Norfolk Tides, 6-1 @ Coolray Field

Hudson Victorious as G-Braves Breeze by Norfolk

The Tim Hudson Major League rehab assignment went swimmingly, however it didn’t start out that way. The Atlanta ace loaded the bases in the first inning before an out was recorded. However, he got out of that jam and went on to retire the next 13 straight batters. Hudson worked five innings for the win and allowed one run, but it was unearned. Ernesto Mejia devastated the Tides with a three-run double in the G-Braves half of the first inning.

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Home Game No. 8: Thursday, April 19 vs Norfolk Tides, 7-1 @ Coolray Field

Parraz, Mejia Power G-Braves to Sweep of Norfolk

Amidst the U.S. professional debut of Japanese star Tsuyoshi Wada for the Norfolk Tides, the G-Braves opened the floodgates against the southpaw and his critics. Gwinnett’s offense exploded for six runs off the lefty before he exited the game in line for his first professional loss in America. Ernesto Mejia once again was the offensive story with a double, two-run homer and three RBI as the G-Braves swept Norfolk and remained unbeaten against the Tides (7-0) in 2012.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

International League South Division Standings as of 4.20.12

1. (11-4) Gwinnett Braves, — Games Back

2. (8-7) Charlotte Knights, 3.0 Games Back

3. (6-9) Durham Bulls, 5.0 Games Back

4. (5-10) Norfolk Tides, 6.0 Games Back

Upcoming G-Braves Schedule

April 20-22: @Charlotte, 3 games with the IL South Division Knights

April 23: Off Day

April 24-26: Coolray Field, 3 games with the IL South Division Charlotte Knights

April 27-30: @Toledo, 4 games with the IL West Division Mudhens

-Tony Piraro

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

Japanese Pitcher Set To Make U.S. Debut Thursday

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Southpaw Tsuyoshi Wada will be making his American debut amidst a Major League rehab assignment for the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday at Coolray Field. It will be a 12:05 p.m. first pitch in the four-game series finale between the Gwinnett Braves and Norfolk Tides. This season, the G-Braves are 6-0 against the the Tides and will be seeking their second sweep of Norfolk in the last week.

Last night, making his first Major League rehab start for Gwinnett since 2009, Atlanta Braves’ right-hander Tim Hudson led the G-Braves to a 4-1 victory over the Norfolk Tides on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. Hudson looked sharp, allowing one unearned run over five innings and at one point in the game retiring 13 consecutive hitters. Ernesto Mejia delivered the big blow of the night with a bases-clearing double in the bottom half of the first inning.

Starting Line-up: Norfolk (5-9, 4th) vs Gwinnett (10-4, 1st) – Thursday, April 19 @ 12:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field

Eric Junge (1-1, 7.20) will be making his third start of the season for the G-Braves on Thursday. In his last start, the righty worked five innings of two-run baseball en route to his first victory of the 2012 season. Junge will be opposing Tsuyoshi Wada who will be making his Triple-A debut as he continues his rehab assignment for the Baltimore Orioles. Presently, Gwinnett pitchers have held the Norfolk Tides to just eight hits over their last two games against the G-Braves in Lawrenceville, GA.

Thursday is “$3 Thursday” which includes $3 food and drink specials all game long. All general admission berm seating is also just $3 on Thursdays. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Norfolk Tides Batting Order:

1) Xavier Avery, CF

2) Matt Antonelli, 3B

3) Ryan Adams, 2B

4) Jai Miller, RF

5) Joe Mahoney, 1B

6) Scott Beerer, LF

7) Josh Barfield, DH

8) John Hester, C

9) Blake Davis, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, CF

2) Drew Sutton, 3B

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Jordan Parraz, DH

6) Jose Yepez, C

7) Christian Marrero, LF

8) Josh Wilson, SS

9) Greg Paiml, 2B

-Tony Piraro

G-Braves Starting Line-Up For Wednesday’s Game

(Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden)

Tim Hudson will be making the start for the Gwinnett Braves tonight against the Norfolk Tides. It will be a 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Coolray Field on a “Winning Wednesday” presented by the Georgia Lottery. The Atlanta Braves ace is currently 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in two rehab starts with Single-A Rome thus far this spring.

Last night, Julio Teheran (W, 2-0) was masterful as he worked five and two-third scoreless innings en route to the shutout victory for the Gwinnett Braves, defeating Norfolk 6-0. Teheran allowed no runs on two hits and struck out a season-high seven batters, while walking two. Jose Yepez broke open a scoreless game with a bases-loaded three-run double in the fourth inning, finishing 2-for-3 for the first-place G-Braves.

Starting Line-up: Norfolk (5-8, 4th) vs Gwinnett (9-4, 1st) – Wednesday, April 18 @ 7:05 p.m. from Coolray Field

Tim Hudson (0-0, 0.00) will be making his third rehab start of the spring and first with the G-Braves. The Braves ace will be opposing Norfolk southpaw Dana Eveland (1-0, 2.84). The G-Braves are looking to remain unbeaten against the Tides thus far in 2012. Gwinnett has already won the first two games of the current series and swept the Tides last week in Norfolk.

Norfolk Tides Batting Order:

1) Xavier Avery, CF

2) Matt Antonelli, 3B

3) Ryan Adams, 2B

4) Jamie Hoffman, LF

5) Joe Mahoney, 1B

6) Scott Beerer, DH

7) Jai Miller, RF

8) Chris Robinson, C

9) Steve Tolleson, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Drew Sutton, 2B

3) Stefan Gartrell, LF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Jordan Parraz, RF

7) Christian Marrero, DH

8) Josh Wilson, SS

9) J.C. Boscan, C

-Tony Piraro

Tim Hudson Expected To Start For Gwinnett Braves Wednesday

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – The ace of the Atlanta Braves staff, Tim Hudson, is expected to make a rehab start for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves on Wednesday against the Norfolk Tides. It will be a 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Coolray Field on a “Winning Wednesday” presented by the Georgia Lottery. Tickets are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office and by calling (678) 277-0340.

Hudson has already made two rehab starts with the Single-A Rome Braves this season. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA through seven innings of work. The Braves ace has struck out just one batter this spring, but will look to improve upon that in his third rehab start on Wednesday night.

The Columbus, Georgia native is a career 181-97 with a 3.40 ERA in 378 Major League games, including 89-58 with a 3.57 ERA in 195 games for the Atlanta Braves. He has rehabbed with Gwinnett once before, going 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts in 2009. Tim Hudson, 36, underwent back surgery in November and is currently on the 15-day disabled list for the Braves.

Wednesday night will be the first Georgia Lottery “Winning Wednesday” of the 2012 season. Scratch-off tickets will be given away throughout the night, courtesy of Georgia Lottery. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount offer on future game tickets.

Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

-Tony Piraro

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