Two doctors have advised Tim Hudson to have ligament-transplant elbow surgery, but the Braves pitcher will wait a week before making a deciding whether to have the procedure that would keep him out for the rest of this season and most of 2009 . . .Thank you for your third opinion, Dr. Hudson. Now hold still and let the nice men with the medical degrees slice your arm open.
. . . "Gonna see how it feels this week and make a decision," Hudson said in a text message Wednesday night. Surgery appears inevitable, but the Braves said Hudson wants to be convinced it's necessary.
For the record, Hudson is under contract with the Braves through the end of next season. Given the 12-month recovery period -- and given Dr. Hudson's decision to delay it for an indefinite period of time -- it appears likely that we have seen the last pitches ever thrown by Hudson in a Braves uniform.