Pitcher Tim Hudson has recovered from back stiffness and is set to start Monday, while Brandon Beachy (oblique strain) is probably at least three weeks from returning to the Braves' starting rotation. Beachy, injured while batting during a May 14 game against Philadelphia, played catch from a distance of about 100 feet on Friday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said once he's cleared to throw from the mound, the rookie right-hander would need to rebuild arm strength and probably make two or three minor-league rehab starts before he's ready to return to Atlanta's rotation. Beachy was 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA in eight starts before the injury. Hudson missed a rotation turn Wednesday at Pittsburgh, after returning to Atlanta last weekend to have his back checked by Braves specialists. He has been cleared to pitch Monday's series opener against San Diego. The veteran right-hander had back stiffness during a May 20 loss at Anaheim, where he allowed eight runs, seven hits and three walks in 3-2/3 innings - the first time in his career that he allowed as many as eight earned runs in fewer than five innings.
Braves Ace Tim Hudson back Monday, Beachy in 3-4 weeks?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | May 28