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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: B. Upton, Schafer progressing well; Hudson has successful surgery

B.J. Upton did some light running this week as he tries to return from injury.

B.J. Upton did some light running this week as he tries to return from injury.

ATLANTA — Both B.J. Upton and Jordan Schafer have taken key steps in their recoveries from injury with some running on the field before batting practice.

Upton did his first sprinting and cutting to test his right adductor (groin) muscle and came away pleased. Schafer did his first jogging on his right ankle since he was diagnosed with a stress fracture.

Upton was eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday but will need at least a few more days of getting his legs back in shape before heading out on a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

"It's night and day from what it was a couple weeks ago, even a couple days ago, it's coming along well," Upton said. "I don't see it being too much longer. Hopefully by the beginning of next week maybe I can come back for the tail end of the series (vs. Colorado) or definitely on the road trip. We'll see how it plays out."

Schafer is just past four weeks into his recovery after fouling a ball off his right ankle on June 26 in Kansas City. He said his ankle was feeling a lot better just walking around, and he proved it when he ran with his full weight on his ankle after a couple of days of doing therapy while submerged in chest-high water.

"He said other than his legs being a little (like) jelly he felt good," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "So that's a good sign also."

HUDSON IN GOOD SPIRITS AFTER SURGERY:

ATLANTA — Tim Hudson underwent surgery on his fractured right ankle Friday afternoon.

Braves general manager Frank Wren said Hudson is expected to need three to four months to recover. His ankle was fractured and dislocated, and the operation would reveal the extent of potential ligament damage.

“Tim is out of surgery,” his wife, Kim Hudson, tweeted about 6 p.m. on Friday. “Dr. (Marvin) Royster did an amazing job, and everything went well. He’ll be back and better than ever!”

Hudson, 38, is in the option year of his contract and will be a free agent, but his teammates and general manager expect Hudson to make a full recovery and be back in action come spring.

“I know he wants to keep playing,” Kris Medlen said. “He wants to play two or three more years, do it as long as he can.”

Hudson suffered the gruesome ankle injury Wednesday night at Citi Field while covering first base. Mets outfielder Eric Young stepped on Hudson’s right ankle trying to beat out a ground ball. Young apologized profusely on the field at the time and stayed at Hudson’s side until he was carted off.

Hudson flew to Atlanta on the Braves’ charter Thursday night and was in good spirits, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

“I’m sure he’s doing a lot of reflecting, but he’ll be fine,” Gonzalez said. “He’s got a good support system with his wife, his family, everybody in Braves country, (Auburn) country.”