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Tim Hudson Shines In Spring Training Debut

Tim Hudson, who underwent back surgery last November, made his spring training debut on Monday and was sensational, throwing two innings of work and allowing just one hit.

Hudson threw 25 pitches in total, 16 of which were strikes, and the right hander was feeling good afterwards, "It felt normal. Honestly, I went out there and tried to pitch like I was in a real game. I was trying to make pitches and get some swings and misses. I wasn't really trying to finesse around anything. At this point, I need to see where I'm at. And so far, so good."

Hudson remains on track to make his regular season debut in late April or early May, and is expected to continue to add an inning of work in each of his upcoming starts.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez was encouraged by his outing, "He mixed all his pitches. I'm sure he probably didn't think he was as sharp as he should have been, but I thought he was. For the first time in a while, and getting out there in front of a crowd, it was good. I was happy for him."

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