An ailing left ankle hasn't appeared to give Atlanta Braves starter Tim Hudson too many problems this month. Matchups with the Arizona Diamondbacks have also usually proved not so troublesome.
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 t...