Braves pitcher Tim Hudson took another successful step toward returning to Atlanta's rotation with a strong outing for Class A Myrtle Beach on Sunday.

Hudson threw his planned two innings in style against the Winston-Salem Dash, striking out two and walking one. He threw just 27 pitches, with 18 of them being strikes, in the scoreless outing.

"I felt really good," Hudson said. "The ball felt really good coming out of my hand and I didn't have any problems with my arm."

The right-hander has been out of action since August of last season, when he underwent Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his pitching elbow. His recovery timetable indicates that he could return to Atlanta's rotation by the end of August, although it may be more likely that he'll return at the beginning of September when rosters expand.

In three-plus seasons with the Braves, Hudson is 54-38 with a 3.78 ERA. He is signed through this season, with a club option for 2010. It is unknown at this time what Braves management plans to do with the starting rotation when Hudson returns, as all five of the current members of the staff are enjoying successful years.