Atlanta pitcher Tim Hudson, who is recovering from elbow surgery, could be joining the R-Braves’ rotation as he completes his minor-league rehab assignment.
Hudson has made two minor-league appearances thus far — one with the high-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans and one with Class AAA Gwinett. He was scheduled to pitch for Gwinnett again last Friday night, but a hamstring injury prevented him from doing so.
Hudson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Sunday that he thinks he will likely pitch for the R-Braves either Thursday or Friday night, assuming his hamstring injury has healed.
Rome team officials said on Monday afternoon that Hudson’s appearance in Rome has not yet been confirmed.
In the meantime, the R-Braves will have another major-leaguer in uniform tonight.
Atlanta infielder Omar Infante, on the disabled list with a broken bone in his hand, is scheduled to play for Rome tonight in the opener of a five-game series against the Gnats.
His appearance comes just three days after another major leaguer, Buddy Carlyle, suited up for the R-Braves.
Carlyle was in Rome last weekend, and was scheduled to pitch at State Mutual Stadium on Saturday night against Asheville. But after completing his warm-up tosses in the top of the seventh, heavy rain interrupted the game. The contest was never resumed, and the Braves posted a 7-4 win.
The Braves, who were off on Monday after being rained out on Sunday, have gone 10-9 in their past 19 games, but have remained in last place in the Southern Division.
NOTE: Hudson is hopeful of rejoining Atlanta either later this month or in early September. He underwent elbow-ligament replacement surgery (Tommy John surgery) last August.