An ailing left ankle doesn't seem to have given Braves starter Tim Hudson too many problems this month. Matchups with the Diamondbacks haven't usually proved troublesome, either.
The veteran right-hander, though, could have some difficulty extending his dominance over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night when he faces a hot-hitting club seeking to match its longest win streak of the season.
Hudson has been dealing with bone spurs in his ankle and had a procedure to remove some in the offseason. He's trying to hold off another surgery postseason by playing through the discomfort.
The 36-year-old Hudson already missed most of April while recovering from back surgery.
"Because (my ankle) is a weight-bearing joint, it would be a two-month (recovery)," Hudson told the team's website. "It's not a big deal. It's just another offseason surgery. I've got to get my 200-inning oil change every year."
Despite his sore ankle, Hudson (5-3, 3.88 ERA) is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his three starts th...