Injured Tim Hudson wants to return to the Braves next season
Hudson, 38, sat in the clubhouse Friday waiting to have his cast and staples removed and replaced with a walking boot. He underwent season-ending surgery two weeks ago and begins treatment soon.
Hudson says the Braves, his team since 2005, need to fully gauge his health before discussing another contract. The right-hander agrees.
"Yeah, I think it's one of those things where we're both on the same page," he said. "They want to see how I bounce back from this and how I feel. I haven't spoken to them personally, but that's just kind of the common sense thing.
"I want to know if I'm healthy and I want to know that this thing's right. If I am, then I think it's - I know I'll continue playing, but hopefully it's here."
"I don't feel like this is going to really slow down my career at all," Hudson said. "I feel like - obviously, the timing isn't great with when it happened - but I feel like my track record is good enough. If I feel like this thing is back to 100 percent, I definitely want to keep playing."
After going 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA this season, Hudson is 205-111 in a 14-year career. His .649 winning percentage ranks 10th-best among pitchers with at least 300 career decisions.
Hudson's four-year, $36 million contract expires at the end of the season.
After snapping a career-worst 10-game winless streak with a 13-4 victory July 6 at Philadelphia, Hudson went 4-0 with a 3.10 ERA in his past four starts.
He believes he will be ready for the start of spring training in February.
"We're looking at three to four months," he said, "and I should be back like new."
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