Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson is out for the season with a broken right ankle. The gruesome injury happened Wednesday night at Citi Field when the Mets’ Eric Young Jr. accidentally stepped on Hudson’s foot instead of first base. The 38-year-old will have to undergo surgery.
The team says Hudson will have season-ending surgery in Atlanta once the swelling subsides. . . .
Atlanta placed Hudson on the 15-day disabled list Thursday and recalled left-hander Alex Wood from Triple-A Gwinnett to start against the Mets. Wood was set to pitch in place of Paul Maholm, who has a bruised left wrist.
Young, who immediately turned to check on Hudson after stepping on him, has expressed remorse for the accident.
“I saw his foot as I’m going for the base right there in the middle, and as I came down, I knew I didn’t get any of the base. I knew I got all of his foot,” Young, still shaken after the game, said. “And I pretty much knew it was probably broke right when I did it, and that’s why I sprinted right back to him and tried to console him as much as I could.”. . .
“I’m bummed,” Young, who apologized to Hudson, said. “You never want to injure anybody.”
The injury came in the eighth inning of the Braves’ 8-2 victory, with Hudson giving up just four hits and striking out nine.. . .
The Braves, with the largest division lead in baseball, have a ready replacement. Brandon Beachy, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2012, pitched six strong innings for Class AAA Gwinnett in what was expected to be his final rehab start Wednesday night.
Young also took to Twitter to respond to critics who claimed he intentionally injured Hudson.
“For ppl who think I would purposely try 2 hurt someone,& felt they needed to say that 2 me ... I will continue 2 pray for u as well.#godbless”
“One of the best competitors in the game! Have so much respect for Tim Hudson! Hoping for a quick and speedy recovery! #PrayForHuddy”
Hudson himself does not own an official Twitter account, but his wife Kim has tweeted out messages addressing the injury.
“We are humbled and thankful for the amazing support. Tim is amazingly tough, and he is handling this as well as possible. God has a plan.”