Braves name Tim Hudson as Opening Day starter

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Atlanta announced that Tim Hudson will start on Opening Day for the first time since 2008, getting the nod over Kris Medlen.

Derek Lowe started Opening Day for the Braves in 2009, 2010, and 2011, with Tommy Hanson getting the honors last season.

Medlen was amazing after joining the rotation in late July, going 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA in 12 starts down the stretch. Hudson started 28 games with a 3.62 ERA and the 37-year-old is going into his ninth and perhaps final season with the Braves.

Steven Wright undergoes procedures on left knee

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The Red Sox announced that starter Steven Wright underwent a left knee arthroscopy and debridement on Monday in New York. There is no timetable yet for his recovery, so it is still not known if he will be ready for spring training.

Wright, 34, was bothered by left knee issues throughout the 2018 season. He made four starts and 16 relief appearances totaling 53 2/3 innings, posting a 2.68 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 26 walks. Wright was on the ALDS roster but was removed due to the knee issue and did not appear in the postseason.

Wright is entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He is due a raise on his $1.1 million salary. The Red Sox could non-tender him, but that seems unlikely.