Back on the bump
Tim Hudson, RHP, Braves (High-A Myrtle Beach)
Sunday's stats: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
As with so many teams in the National League, if you squint your eyes and tilt your head funny, the Braves are kind of in it, so who couldn't use Tim Hudson? Making his way back from last year's Tommy John surgery, Hudson's 2009 debut was a rousing success, as he threw strikes, sat at average velocity while touching 93 mph and, most importantly, reported no discomfort afterward.
Nick Hagadone, LHP, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville)
Sunday's stats: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
A far lesser-known player also coming back from Tommy John surgery, Hagadone was a 2007 supplemental first-round pick who wowed scouts with upper-90s heat from the left side before his elbow went pop in his third start of the 2008 season. Returning to the mound in early June, Hagadone's command and control have wavered, like so many Tommy John survivors, but he's been untouchable of late, striking out 13 and giving up just two hits over eight shutout innings in his past three games, while bumping his fastball up to 96 mph.
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