The scheduled starter for the Atlanta Braves in Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays has had a slight change. Tim Hudson, who threw a complete game shutout in his last start against the Miami Marlins, has been battling bone spurs in his left ankle, and will have his start pushed back.
Hudson received a cortisone shot in his ankle, and is hopeful that it will not be an ongoing issue.
The Braves have called up Julio Teheran from Triple-A Gwinnett to replace Hudson in the rotation for one start. Teheran, who was ranked No. 5 in Baseball America’s list of Top 100 prospects before the season began, is 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season with Triple-A Gwinnett. The command issues Teheran had during his late-season call up, and then again while competing for a spot during spring training, have not subsided.
He has been inconsistent in his last few starts, following up good starts with shaky ones. On May 17, he lasted only 2.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while walking five and striking out two. He followed that up with a seven inning, one-run start on May 22nd. After that, he only lasted three innings in his next start on May 28, giving up six runs, and seven hits. He then pitched a complete game seven-hitter his last time out.
Teheran was 1-1 with a 5.03 ERA in five games (three starts) for the Braves last season in a late-season call up.
The Braves are hopeful that Hudson will be able to pitch on Wednesday against the New York Yankees. Hudson has a 4-2 record and a 3.83 ERA in eight starts for Atlanta this season. Backup catcher J.C. Boscan would be sent to Gwinnett to open up the roster spot for Teheran and that a reliever will be added once Teheran is sent back down after this spot start.