DENVER (AP) -- Tim Hudson didn't mind waiting an extra day for his third start of the season.
The Atlanta Braves pitcher was scheduled to start Thursday's finale of a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies, but the game was postponed until June 16 because of snow."It wouldn't have been ideal conditions for me that's for sure," Hudson said. "I would have gone out there and done the best I could. I could definitely benefit from not going out there in 25-degree weather and snow flurries."The Braves will keep their rotation in order despite the postponement."Just back it up," manager Bobby Cox said.The postponement meant Hudson will not have to pitch at Coors Field, where he is 0-2 with a 13.00 ERA in two starts. In two starts at Turner Field against the Rockies, he has allowed just three runs in 22 innings.Instead of pitching against the Rockies, Hudson will take the mound at Nationals Park on Friday, where he pitched the opener against Washington on March 30."It was nice; I really liked it," Hudson said. "They still have some bugs they were working out on the visitors' side."Hudson, 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts this season, also gets an extra day to recover from a respiratory illness that has been going around the Braves clubhouse. Hudson was feeling sick earlier in the week."Last couple of days I've actually felt a little better. Now it's just more of a head cold with some coughing and not being able to breathe," Hudson said. "It's kind of hard to breathe here, anyway. I've never wanted to get rained out or snowed out or whatever, but I think this is one that I'm welcoming."I think one more day will help out. Getting into some warmer weather and out of this climate will help me out, too. We've got a little bug going around the team. I'm not the only one affected by it. It's just bad timing."Hudson said he has a history of pitching well when he's not 100 percent."I'll be ready for tomorrow," he said. "For me, when I pitch when I've been under the weather in the past, I've seem to have done fairly well for the most part just because when I'm kind of tired, I don't have a tendency to overthrow. My velocity is probably not as high as it normally is, but I think my location and action on my pitches are better."Colorado also pushed back its starters, with left-hander Jeff Francis (0-1) facing right-hander Brandon Webb (2-0) Friday night at Arizona.