Four months after back surgery, pitcher Tim Hudson makes his much-anticipated return to competition with a start Monday against the Mets.

The Braves veteran is scheduled to pitch two innings, with Brandon Beachy taking over from there.

"Things are good, man," said Hudson, 36. "The arm feels good. It's getting in shape. My arm strength isn't quite where I want it, but it's pretty good for the stage of where I'm at – I'm in what amounts to the second week of spring training for me."

Hudson had lumbar spine-fusion surgery Nov. 28 and resumed throwing in mid-January. The plan is for him to make five or six rehab starts at Class-A Rome and Triple-A Gwinnett.