Thursday, July 25, 2013

Braves' Tim Hudson Suffers Gruesome Ankle Fracture

It was not a happy scene last night in the Atlanta Braves dugout.
Pitcher Tim Hudson broke his right ankle last night while covering first base, ending one of his best starts this season and ruining the Braves' bounce back 8-2 win over the New York Mets.
Hudson had a shutout in the eighth inning when Eric Young Jr. accidentally stepped on the back his right leg while trying to beat out the grounder. The 38 year old pitcher was carried off the field, in obvious pain and had X-rays at Citi Field.
He was working on a four-hitter when Young hit a grounder that was taken down by first baseman Freddie Freeman. Hudson took Freeman's toss at first before Young arrived, but Young unintentionally drove the pitcher's right ankle into the ground.
"We won, but it's a tough night," said catcher Brian McCann.
"I flipped and spun," said Freeman. "I didn't see it and I don't want to see it."
Young ran over to help Hudson, along with Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and a trainer. Hudson took off his hat and held his shaved head in his hands. The pain he was feeling was clear in his pained expression.
The crowd at Citi Field groaned in sympathy when the replay was shown on the video board- not something I'd necessarily like to see replayed.
Hudson, 8-7 this season, will have surgery in Atlanta when the swelling going down. The NL East leaders will be without their veteran pitcher, who was having a good season. It is unclear how long Hudson will be out or if he'll be able to pitch again this season. In my opinion, it's unlikely the Braves will get him back and in baseball ready shape by the end of the season, which has just three months left.
Without Hudson, the Braves stand to lose their eight game lead in the NL East, and their chances at a post-season run may be diminished.
"He was kind of in disbelief," said second baseman Dan Uggla of Hudson. "You could see the thoughts running through his head: 'This can't be happening. This is unbelievable.'"
Young stayed with Hudson during the ten minutes it took to take him off the field, expressing his apologies and disbelief. He shook Hudson's hand as he was taken off the field and Hudson nodded back at him.
"I knew I didn't get any of the base," said a somber Young. "I got all of his foot. I pretty much knew it was broke right when I did it. That's why I ran back to him and tried to console him as much as I could and to apologize."
Hudson won his fourth straight start, striking out nine in 7 2/3 innings, his most since striking out 10 Mets on June 17, 2011.
Reference: CBS Sports.
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