ATLANTA -- Tim Hudson exited Thursday night's Minor League rehab start encouraged about the strength of his surgically repaired back and happy that he no longer has to deal with the pesky hitters that exist at the Class A level.
"If I was in A-ball, I don't think I'd make it out of that league," Hudson said. "[Being savvy] don't work in A-ball."
Hudson awoke on Friday feeling no lingering effects from the start he made for Class A Rome in Thursday night's home opener against Charleston. The 36-year-old veteran right-hander's back felt strong and he had no problem sarcastically evaluating that he had allowed five earned runs and nine hits in four innings.
"I feel really good today," Hudson said. "It was a good step in the right direction. Obviously from an effective standpoint, it was not. But health-wise, it was definitely two thumbs up."
Hudson, who underwent back surgery on Nov. 28, will make at least two starts for Triple-A Gwinnett before being activated from the disabled list. There is a chance he could return to Atlanta's rotation during the April 27-30 series against Pittsburgh.
Jurrjens, fellow starters not working deep
ATLANTA -- Jair Jurrjens seemed destined to become the first Braves starter to record an out in the sixth inning this year. The veteran hurler experienced little trouble in the first five innings and was carrying a five-run advantage into the sixth in Friday night's 10-8 win over the Brewers at Turner Field.
But three consecutive hits, including Corey Hart's two-run double, chased Jurrjens before he could record an out in the sixth. He is the third Atlanta starter to enter the sixth and not record an out during the early portion of the season.
"As a group, we've been struggling," Jurrjens said. "We're not really eating innings. We need to step it up and try to help these guys in the bullpen."
Jurrjens needed just 66 pitches to complete the first five innings and the only damage he incurred through this span came courtesy of back-to-back home runs in a three-run second. Feeding off a sold-out crowd, he generated more velocity with his fastball than he has since the start of Spring Training.
Jurrjens' fastball sat around 90 mph and he hit 92 with a fastball that Ryan Braun swung through to end the top of the first.
"I felt like I was throwing really good," Jurrjens said. "The ball was coming out of my hand really well. I'm just glad we won. I don't think I'd have been able to sleep if we had lost this game today."
Thousands miss opener due to TV dispute
ATLANTA -- Approximately 250,000 viewers in the Greater Metro Atlanta area were unable to watch Friday night's Braves home opener because of a dispute between Dish Network and Meredith Corporation.
Turner Broadcasting has assigned the negotiating rights to Peachtree TV to Meredith Corporation, which in turn serves as a third party that sells retransmission fees. They have not yet reached an agreement with Dish Network for Peachtree TV programming.
The Braves issued this statement:
"The Atlanta Braves are disappointed that our fans have been caught in the middle of the ongoing dispute between Dish TV and Meredith Corporation that affects our fans access to watch Braves games on Peachtree TV. Using our games as leverage is hurting Braves fans and we hope there will be a quick resolution to make it right for viewers."
Viewers who want to voice their opinion can call 404-327-3144.
Fans also have the option to watch Braves games on MLB.TV.
Bill Bartholomay had the honor of throwing Friday night's ceremonial first pitch to Chipper Jones. Bartholomay brought the Braves from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966.
The Braves observed a moment of silence before Friday's game for legendary sports journalist Furman Bisher, who passed away on March 18 at the age of 93. Bisher spent 59 years with the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and helped promote Atlanta as a place where teams from Major League Baseball and the National Football League should exist.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.