Remember Tim Hudson? He's on his way back

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The Braves’ starters have been fantastic lately so they don’t really need him at the moment, but Tim Hudson is rehabbing and looking pretty good in the process. Three starts so far, 8.2 innings, nine hits, five strikeouts, two walks, and an ERA of 3.11. He’s touching low 90s on the gun.

The big question is going to be whether the Braves, who have Lowe,
Vazquez, Jurrjens, Kawakami and Hanson all under contract for next
year, will to exercise Hudson’s $12 million option for 2010. Assuming
Hudson keeps progressing, it’s not a terrible problem to have.

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.