It was early December, and Jair Jurrjens wondered if his balky knee would hold up and whether he'd be traded. Fellow Braves pitcher Tim Hudson wondered which would feel normal again — his back or his stomach.

A surgeon went through Hudson's abdomen to perform lumbar spine fusion Nov. 28.

Two and a half months later, Braves pitchers and catchers reported to spring training Sunday. Jurrjens and Hudson reported in good spirits and varying degrees of recovery.

After Jurrjens was diagnosed with a toe condition and fitted for orthotics for his shoes in December, he said his right knee improved steadily and he was encouraged and optimistic about the upcoming season.