Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/12/14
A season-ending injury to Tim Hudson could have crippled the Atlanta Braves' starting rotation, but the addition of Brandon Beachy may help soften the blow. Beachy returns to make his first start in more than a year as Atlanta hosts the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. The Braves (60-45) hold an 8 1/2-game lead on Washington as they seek their first NL East title since 2005. Hudson, though, suffered a broken right ankle while covering first base in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the New York Mets and will be recovering for the next four months after surgery. Hudson had won four straight outings, but his spot in the rotation will be filled by Beachy, who had an NL-leading 2.00 ERA when he injured his elbow June 16, 2012, in a loss to Baltimore. After having Tommy John surgery, Beachy went through a grueling rehab process before being cleared to start Monday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Beachy will be limited to about 100 pitches. "(It's) like getting a big piece in a...

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