PHOENIX -- Braves starter Tim Hudson will make one more start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday and is on track to pitch against the Pirates on April 29 or April 30, manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Hudson, who is recovering from spine fusion surgery, allowed one unearned run on two hits and three walks in five innings in a Minor League rehab start for Gwinnett on Wednesday. He struck out four batters in the 76-pitch outing. He also threw 14 pitches in the bullpen to finish the day with 90 pitches.
The veteran hopes to throw at least 100 pitches on Tuesday.
"Stuff-wise, I feel like I'm pretty close to where I want to be," Hudson said. "I'd like to build my arm strength a little bit. I was sitting around 89-90 mph. I threw some 87 and 88s in there that I don't like seeing too much. I think after pitching more, working out and long-tossing, it will be better."
Hudson loaded the bases in the first inning against Norfolk but escaped the inning unscored upon.
"I feel good, and hopefully it goes real well and I come out of there ready to go," Hudson said.
Chipper out after fluid forms in left knee
PHOENIX -- Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was out of the starting lineup against the D-backs on Thursday after fluid formed around the joint of his surgically repaired left knee on the flight from Atlanta to Arizona.
Jones missed two of the first three games of the series against the Brewers last weekend after fluid formed around the joint on the flight back to Atlanta from Houston. He played two games against the Astros during that series.
"Unfortunately, when I get fluid down in the joint, my range of motion is not real good," Jones said. "There's no need to push it right now. We'll just take it one day at a time and hopefully it will get better in the morning."
Jones, who had arthroscopic surgery on March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, played three consecutive games for the first time this year on Tuesday against the Mets. He woke up Wednesday with normal soreness in his upper leg muscles and was out of the starting lineup in the series finale. He did make an appearance as a pinch-hitter.
"We're going to have to manage that, and I got no problems with that," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's why I talked to him in the office -- just let him know that we won't try to play through stuff and lose you for 10 days. I'd rather give him two on and take two off and keep you the whole year than try to push you then all of a sudden we lose you for 15 days."
After the series against the D-backs, the Braves have a short flight to Los Angeles for three games against the Dodgers starting on Monday, followed by a cross-country flight back to Atlanta for a series against the Pirates that starts after an off-day on Thursday.
Gonzalez anticipates giving Jones a day off before or after the scheduled off-day.
"It will get better. It's a four-to-six week's injury, and I made it back in 15 days," Jones said. "I'm going to have some residual stuff that happens from time to time."
Jurrjens on track to make his next start
PHOENIX -- Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens, who has struggled since Spring Training, remains on track to make his next start.
On Wednesday, Jurrjens walked four batters and was charged with four runs on seven hits in four innings in the Braves' 14-6 win against the Mets. He's 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in his first three starts of the season.
"I looked at the video of him and there were some balls he left over the plate," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Whether it was the weather or a tough day to pitch, because [Mets starter R.A.] Dickey didn't last very long, either. I'm just going to chalk it up to that right now."
Gonzalez said Jurrjens' right knee is completely healthy and he saw the pitcher running on the field before Thursday's game against the D-backs at Chase Field.
"I think he'll be fine," the manager said.
Braves well represented on ASG ballot
PHOENIX -- The 2012 All-Star Game ballot will launch Friday, and it's loaded with Braves.
Listed on the ballot are Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman, second baseman Dan Uggla, shortstop Tyler Pastornicky, third baseman Chipper Jones, catcher Brian McCann and outfielders Martin Prado, Michael Bourn and Jason Heyward.
The 83rd All-Star Game will be played on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot starting Friday until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9. The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.