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Hudson injury leaves Braves scrambling for pitching

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07:12 AM ET 07.25 | A gruesome ankle fracture has claimed Tim Hudson's season, and, with it, brought uncertainty to Atlanta. Hudson is the Braves' No. 1 starter, but mostly on reputation. Left-hander Mike Minor, the Braves' No. 2 starter, might not even be a true No. 2. ... And now, Hudson will undergo season-ending surgery once the swelling in his ankle subsides, leaving the Braves even more compromised. The trade market for starting pitching improved somewhat on Wednesday, when sources told FOXSports.com that the Kansas City Royals were willing to listen to offers for right-hander Ervin Santana, and would trade him for the right price. Perhaps the Braves will move on Santana, Chicago White Sox righty Jake Peavy or Houston Astros righty Bud Norris. But none of those pitchers is a No. 1 starter.

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July 25, 2013  08:47 AM ET

It is not like Hudson was pitching this year like a number 1 or 2 pitcher in your rotation with a 500 record and an era over 4.

July 25, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It is not like Hudson was pitching this year like a number 1 or 2 pitcher in your rotation with a 500 record and an era over 4.

He still gave them a lot of innings and had the most playoff experience on the staff.

July 25, 2013  09:02 AM ET

his is a shame...................this'll probably have Mondo weeping in his bordelaise sauce.

July 25, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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his is a shame...................this'll probably have Mondo weeping in his bordelaise sauce.

* This is

July 25, 2013  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It is not like Hudson was pitching this year like a number 1 or 2 pitcher in your rotation with a 500 record and an era over 4.

in July, he had won all four of his starts and reduced his ERA by almost a run. his season may have started roughly, but he was improving....just a damn shame.

July 25, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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in July, he had won all four of his starts and reduced his ERA by almost a run. his season may have started roughly, but he was improving....just a damn shame.

I wouldn't worry too much about the division race for now... But post-season looks bleak.

July 25, 2013  09:55 AM ET

There's not enough Garza's to go around

July 25, 2013  10:13 AM ET

they can have Phil Hughes for an autographed bat signed by chipper. call now....

July 25, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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they can have Phil Hughes for an autographed bat signed by chipper. call now....

lol..Sad part is Braves would actually be on the losing end if they made that trade .

July 25, 2013  10:25 AM ET
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I wouldn't worry too much about the division race for now... But post-season looks bleak.

pretty sure i didn't even mention the division race.

besides, i'm more concerned about the loss of Hudson as a leader, as well as too many LOB and not hitting with RISP.

July 25, 2013  01:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

they can have Phil Hughes for an autographed bat signed by chipper. call now....

At this point the Mets would need less than that to part ways with Hefner...

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July 25, 2013  03:33 PM ET

Tough Break, sorry for the pun, but the guy was pitching good!

July 25, 2013  05:11 PM ET
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MLB has few No. 1 starters. I get tired of hearing about teams trying to acquire a No. 1 starter, when in fact, they're just trying to acquire quality pitching.Verlander, Felix, Kershaw...those are No. 1 starters. Once you get past those guys, there aren't that many.Why not just say the Braves are trying to add pitching depth?

Exactly! There are very few true "aces" out there. They could probably have Ted Lilly from the Dodgers for a very cheap price...Dodgers eating nearly all of the contract and not getting much trade value in return.

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July 26, 2013  02:38 AM ET

Braves are a little greedy. Not many teams are going to trade away a no. 1 pitcher. If Braves need a starter is fine, but Braves might just have to lower there sights. To Acquire a quality No. 1 starter it would cost the braves more than top prospects. it would probably cost the braves one of their outfielders or Evan Gaetis.

July 26, 2013  02:52 AM ET

do the Braves have any pitching prospects in TripleA or Double A? If so give one of them a start to see what they can do

July 26, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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do the Braves have any pitching prospects in TripleA or Double A? If so give one of them a start to see what they can do

Problem is they do not have time to give the young guys a chance with the deadline less then a week away. Beachy is coming off TJ so you cannot bank on him coming back to his pre-TJ form until next season.

July 26, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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It is not like Hudson was pitching this year like a number 1 or 2 pitcher in your rotation with a 500 record and an era over 4.

Unless of course you consider that his last 10 starts the he won 7 and his era for those 10 was under 3.

 
July 26, 2013  11:15 AM ET

This is so sad for the Braves. They are coming back as a playoff team and this has to happen. Hope they find another suitable pitcher. Wish the best in recovery for Tim Hudson.

I am not a fan of the Atlanta Falcons being from New Orleans area but have always been a fan of the Braves going back to those great Milwaukee Braves teams. They were fun to watch.

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