Atlanta Braves‘ veteran, Tim Hudson, is getting closer to returning to the Braves’ team. He has made three minor league starts and is on pace to start on Tuesday for the Braves’ AAA affiliate, the Gwinnett Braves.
He is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in the three starts. He pitched 5 innings in his last outing and allowed only 1 unearned run. The plan is for him to return to the Braves either on April 29th or April 30th.
The Atlanta Braves have gotten good production from rookie Randall Delgado in Hudson’s absence. Delgado will almost certainly be optioned to AAA to make room for Hudson. Delgado is 2-1 with a 5.74 ERA. He was roughed up a little today as he allowed 5 ER in the series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks. His boxscore is misleading, though. He allowed all 5 of the runs in the 2nd inning. He got the first two outs in the inning, then allowed two consecutive hits. After an intentional walk, he walked pitcher Ian Kennedy to score the first run. Two pitches later, it was 5-0 after a grand-slam to Gerardo Parra.
Delgado showed he still has a lot to learn. He has been a valuable piece of the team. With Hudson’s return, he will need to prove he can once again handle a demotion to AAA.