Tim Hudson missed his scheduled Sunday start because of bone chips in his ankle, but the Braves right-hander will avoid the disabled list and take his next turn in the rotation tomorrow against the Yankees.
Hudson threw a bullpen session yesterday and told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his ankle “felt all right” after receiving a cortisone shot during his time off.
Hudson went on to say that his ankle is “good enough” and “pretty close” to 100 percent, but the injury has lingered and will definitely be worth keeping an eye on. Prior to the missed start Hudson had a 3.83 ERA and 31/15 K/BB ratio in 54 innings, doing his usual extreme ground-baller thing by allowing just one homer.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.