April 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm by Kevin Orris under Atlanta Braves
Hudson Returns to the Mound
The Braves look to get back in the win column after last night’s 4-2 loss to the Pirates. Tim Hudson will take the mound for the first time in the 2012 season after undergoing offseason back surgery. Game time is 1:35 on Sports South.
Braves lineup: Michael Bourn (CF), Martin Prado (LF), Freddie Freeman (1B), Brian McCann (C), Dan Uggla (2B), Chipper Jones (3B), Jason Heyward (RF), Tyler Pastornicky (SS), Tim Hudson (P)
Pirates lineup: Alex Presley (L, LF), Jose Tabata (R, RF), Andrew McCutchen (R, CF), Garrett Jones (L, 1B), Neil Walker (S, 2B), Pedro Alvarez (L, 3B), Clint Barmes (R, SS), Michael McKenry (R, C), Kevin Correia (R, P).
Hudson will replace Cory Gearrin on the roster to make his first start of the season today. In four rehab appearances between Class-A Rome and Triple-A Gwinnett, he has thrown 17 innings while allowing 21 hits and six walks in addition to seven earned runs. In his last two starts, he has pitched 5 and 5.2 innings, respectively.
Kevin Correia is historically known as a contact pitcher. He posted a 4.50 K/9 last season with a 2.28 BB/9. Correia has benefited from a .182 BABIP this season, providing him with a 2.00 ERA. Meanwhile, his xFIP sits at 3.21. He throws quite a few pitches, but none of them are too difficult to handle. He lacks a true strikeout pitch, hence the low K/9. Over his last two starts, his velocity has dropped 1-2 MPH compared to his usual rate.
Brian McCann will actually return to the lineup today. Here is DOB’s story.
AJC quotes following Saturday’s loss.
Mark Bowman on Chipper Jones’ soreness potentially leading to more time off.
As expected, Gearrin was optioned to Triple-A before today’s game.
Update (4:45p): Jair Jurrjens struck out four batters and allowed four hits and one earned run while walking three in seven strong innings for Triple-A Gwinnett today. While that line looks good, he only threw 54 strikes out of 93 pitches.
Around the NL East
Bryce Harper impressed in his Major League debut last night. He finished the game with a single, a sac fly and an outfield assist when he nailed a runner at the plate from left field.
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