Braves Pitcher Tim Hudson Undergoes Successful Back Surgery

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 1: Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field on September 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

From the official Braves press release:

Atlanta Braves right-handed pitcher Tim Hudson underwent successful surgery today to repair a herniated disc in his back. The procedure was performed by Dr. Steven Wray at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. The injury, which had been bothersome for Hudson over the last two seasons, became progressively worse during his off-season workouts.

"Based on today's procedure, we are happy that this will help alleviate some of the discomfort that Tim felt," said Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Frank Wren. "The prognosis is positive for him to be ready for Spring Training and to be able to pitch during the Spring Training schedule."

He was at the Auburn game on Saturday. I wonder if this surgery will slow the team's efforts to trade Jair Jurrjens. While the release says his prognosis is good, complications can arise in any surgery and recovery.

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