Ryan Lavner, of MLB.com, reports the Atlanta Braves placed starting pitcher Tim Hudson (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 28.
Hudson was removed from the team's game against the Florida Marlins Wednesday, July 23, after suffering from tightness in his right elbow. The right-hander said he didn't foresee any problems and didn't think it was going to be a big deal.
However, after an MRI revealed ligament damage, the injury appears to be much more serious. Hudson will meet with Dr. James Andrews later this week to find out how significant his injury is. The damage to his elbow could keep him out for the rest of the year.
He threw 68 pitches in six scoreless innings in the start against the Marlins before he was removed. After the game, he admitted he felt discomfort in the elbow in the third inning; he felt a bit more discomfort in the fifth and sixth innings. At the time, Hudson said he threw more split-finger fastballs than he has in the past, which may have contributed to the tightness in his elbow.
Hudson threw a bullpen session in Philadelphia over the weekend and was scheduled to start Tuesday, July 29, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He is 11-7 with a 3.17 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 22 starts this season.
Initially, the Braves placed Hudson on the DL; manager Bobby Cox said he did not want to risk further injury to Hudson, who is leading the team with 142 innings pitched this season. Cox said Hudson wanted to make his next start, but the injury hadn't improved since the game against the Marlins. Now, he could miss the remainder of the season.
Starting pitcher Jorge Campillo is scheduled to start Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. He is 5-4 with a 2.78 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 65 strikeouts in 27 games this season, including 13 starts.
Monday the Braves recalled starter Charlie Morton, whom the club had optioned over the weekend, in time to start that day against St Louis. He's now 2-4 with a 7.26 and 1.66 WHIP in eight starts for Atlanta, after the Cardinals rocked him.
If you own Hudson, stash him on a bench or DL spot on your roster until the club makes a determination about his future. Owners should consider long-term options to replace Hudson since he could miss the rest of the 2008 campaign.
Campillo could be a more than adequate replacement for fantasy owners in shallow leagues. He hasn't been nearly as effective at home (2-2, 4.17 ERA, 1.30 WHIP), though, and isn't an ideal play against the Cards. Morton has yet to go more than six innings in an outing, and he's not worth fantasy consideration.
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