"I've been afraid to use it, but all of a sudden, there it was. I haven't had a good one in three years, but it was there today."

Braves starter Tim Hudson, on his split-finger fastball, which he said he threw about 10 times in yesterday's win over the Cardinals


Astros: 1B Jeff Bagwell, who had right shoulder surgery June 7, hit off live pitching for the third straight day. The team is optimistic Bagwell could return as a pinch hitter in September.

Braves: 3B Chipper Jones missed his fourth straight game with a strained rotator cuff.

Dodgers: OF Jayson Werth (left knee bursitis) will be examined again today and is expected to begin a rehabilitation assignment tomorrow.

Giants: RHP Brett Tomko will miss today's start with a bone bruise on his right foot. . . . The team might start LHP Jeff Fassero or bring up a minor leaguer. . . . OF Moises Alou (tight right hamstring) missed his fourth straight game.

Mets: Optioned LHP Kaz Ishii to Class AAA Norfolk. Recalled RHP Jae Seo from Norfolk.

Rockies: 1B Todd Helton will began a rehab assignment at Class AAA Colorado Springs tomorrow.

-- Compiled by Tom LeGro