Report: Tim Hudson to miss first month
The 36-year-old's procedure, which was performed by Atlanta neurosurgeon Dr. Stevan Wray on Nov. 28, involved fusing the L5/S1 disk in his back.
Hudson, at spring training in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., said he was feeling better than he had in 10 years and was able to perform simple tasks that previously caused him pain, like putting on shoes.
"Now that I have had [the surgery] and I feel really good about it, I feel like I can play a really long time," Hudson said.
He said he never really expected to be back in time for the start of the season, adding that "from a strength standpoint, I'm not quite where I want to be, but I usually get that back pretty quick."
Hudson's absence could open a spot for Julio Teheran or Randall Delgado on the rotation.
A three-time All-Star, Hudson was 16-10 with a 3.22 ERA last season with 158 strikeouts in 215 innings.