Posted February 21, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Tim Hudson remembers when he was the young gun in the clubhouse. Now, he's the old dude, looking a bit out of place on one of baseball's most promising pitching staffs. But don't count him out just yet. At 36, Hudson isn't quite ready to pass the torch to all those hot young prospects on the Atlanta Braves. Quite the contrary. After undergoing back surgery over the winter - yep, the sort of operation usually reserved for an aging athlete - the right-hander feels better than ever. ''I'm in my prime,'' Hudson said, breaking into a mischievous grin. He won't be ready to go at the start of the season. After two vertebrae in his lower back were fused during an operation in late November, Hudson is about a month behind schedule. For him, opening day is May 1. But Hudson has no regrets about undergoing the procedure, having endured steadily increasing pain over the last three or four seasons. Finally, after being unable to get started on his lat...
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