Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 6/26/12
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 this month. He overcame a season-high five walks while defeating the New York Yankees last Tuesday, allowing three runs and four hits over five innings of that 4-3 victory. Hudson is 6-0 with a 1.36 ERA in eight career matchups against Arizona and has allowed one run over 30 innings while winning four consecutive starts. He pitched seven innings of a 1-0 victory in Atlanta on Aug. 21. The Diamondbacks, though, are heading out on the road with confidence after hitting .343 with 51 runs scored in a 5-1 homestand -- winning the last four games. The Diamondbacks (37-35) defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Sunday, going 4 for 6 with runners in scoring position. They've hit .348 in those situations over the last 16 games and .436 during their win streak. "We were clicking on all cylinders; it's always nice to see that," outfielder Justin Upton told the team's website. "We're very capable of scoring runs. You can't expect it every night, but when we get the bats going, we can put up runs." The Braves (38-34), meanwhile, went 4-9 to conclude interleague play after losing their final two games in Boston this weekend. "We're going to start to get opportunities and play better again," second baseman Dan Uggla said. "We're going to start to be more consistent." That consistency could begin with a matchup against Daniel Hudson (3-1, 6.60), who has posted an 11.37 ERA over his last three starts. He matched a career worst last Tuesday by giving up seven runs to Seattle but managed to avoid the loss in a 12-9 defeat. "(I'm) just in a stretch right now where balls are finding holes and I can't make a pitch to get out of an inning," Hudson said. "It's one of those things I'm going through, have to dig deep and try to get out of it. I'll keep working hard and push through it." Hudson is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his last two road starts but lost his only one against Atlanta at Turner Field on Aug. 19, allowing four runs over six innings. With his help, the D-backs will look to avoid a club-record fifth straight loss in Atlanta while trying to match a season-best five-game win streak (June 5-10).
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Gordon defends friendship with 'good friend' Manziel

Geno Smith ‘kind of pissed off’ about Ryan Fitzpatrick’s return

Bell admits he knew about missed drug test, lied to media

Report: Chargers rookie Joey Bosa to hold out of camp

Doc Rivers blames ‘bloggers’ for Blake Griffin trade rumors


Jason Peters: Eagles practiced too much under Chip Kelly

Report: Giants’ Victor Cruz cleared to practice

PETA sends Warren Sapp vegan lobster following shark bite

Report: Josh McCown has looked better at times than RG3

Mike Trout does David Ortiz impersonation

Suspended Steelers WR Martavis Bryant set to help coach HS football

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

Five NFL teams set to underachieve in 2016

WATCH: Belichick gets annoyed by Jimmy Garoppolo question

Ronda Rousey denies being pregnant despite rumor

Eight most overpaid offensive players in NFL

Giants acquire All-Star Eduardo Nunez from the Twins

Vikings QB injured trying to kick open door

Josh Gordon thankful for support from Browns

Report: Seahawks DE Chris Clemons retiring

Denard Robinson blames falling asleep at stoplight for pond crash

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker