Health concerns prompt Hudson to bag Classic
Hudson, who spent a month on the disabled list last season with a strained muscle in his left side, told the newspaper he doesn't want to rush his throwing program by getting ready for WBC games in March.
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The Braves' lineup might feature a little more muscle this season.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Andruw Jones has added five pounds of muscle and is up to 230, while Jeff Francoeur is up to 225 from 217 last season. The two players were among Braves taking part in an informal hitting session Wednesday at Turner Field.
"I lifted a lot of weights," Jones, who led the majors with 51 homers and the National League with 128 RBI, told the newspaper. "I got a little stronger, because it's a long season, especially for a guy like me who plays every day. I'm also going to lift some during the season, which I haven't done before."
Hudson is the second Braves pitcher to withdraw from the tournament. John Smoltz backed out two weeks ago, also citing concerns about the possible effect of preparing for and pitching in the tournament.
"It's an honor to represent your country, but as a pitcher it's harder to be where you need to be that early in March. I have to put what's best for my team first.," Hudson told the newspaper. "I'm not 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule, like I should be if I was going to [the WBC]. . . . Nobody would have felt worse than me if I'd gone out and gotten hurt in the WBC and not been ready for the season."
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