NEW YORK Tim Hudson broke his right ankle when he was stepped on while covering first base Wednesday night ending one of his best starts this season and spoiling Atlanta's 8 2 victory against the New York Mets.
The Braves said Hudson will have surgery in Atlanta when swelling to the ankle goes down.Enlarge
We won but it's a tough night catcher Brian McCann said.
Hudson 38 was working on a four hit shutout in the eighth inning when Eric Young Jr. hit a grounder that was knocked down by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. Hudson took Freeman's toss at the bag just before Young arrived and the speedy outfielder inadvertently stepped on the back of Hudson's lower leg driving the pitcher's right ankle awkwardly into the ground.
I flipped and spun Freeman said. I didn't see it and I don't want to see it.
Hudson immediately went down in obvious pain and Young rushed over to check on him. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and a trainer also ran out to aid Hudson who took off his cap and held his shaved head in his hands.
The crowd at Citi Field groaned when the replay was shown on the big video board. Gonzalez said he hadn't seen it and wasn't sure he wanted to.
EMS workers strapped Hudson to a backboard and drove him off the field on a cart as fans applauded.
Young remained nearby throughout the entire delay which lasted almost 10 minutes and shook Hudson's hand before he was carted away. Hudson nodded back at him.Thrown For A Loop
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I'm hustling down the line like I always do going for the base Young said. I saw his foot as I'm going for the base right there in the middle as I came down I knew I didn't get any of the base. I know I got all of his foot. I pretty much knew it was probably broke right as I did it and that's why I sprinted right back to him and tried to console him as much as I could and apologize.
I was able to see Tim before they took him to the hospital. He told me it wasn't my fault just one of those freak plays that happened.
Hudson (8 7) won his fourth straight start striking out nine in 7 2 3 innings his most since fanning 10 Mets on June 17 2011.
It's unclear how long Hudson will be sidelined or whether he'll be able to pitch again this season. Regardless the Braves know they'll be minus one of their top pitchers for an extended period. They've built an eight game cushion in the division but losing Hudson could damage their postseason chances.
It's terrible second baseman Dan Uggla said. That's a big blow.
It's the second starting pitching loss for the Braves this week. Left hander Paul Maholm (bruised left wrist) was placed on the 15 day disabled list Monday.
Right hander Brandon Beachy recovering from Tommy John surgery from June 2012 made another rehab start Wednesday night for Triple A Gwinnett allowing one earned run in six inning. He could be back in the rotation soon.
Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Matt Ehalt and The Associated Press was used in this report.Recommend0 Tweet0 Comments0Email Print Subscribe