Tim Hudson needs surgery on his broken right ankle, an injury that leaves the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves without one of their top pitchers.
Hudson got hurt while covering first base Wednesday night during an 8-2 victory over the Mets in New York when Eric Young Jr. stepped on the back of his lower leg. The 38-year-old righthander was carted off the field in obvious pain.
He had X-rays at Citi Field, and the Braves say he will undergo surgery in Atlanta once the swelling goes down. It’s unclear how long Hudson will be out or whether he’ll be able to pitch again this season.
Hudson took a shutout into the eighth inning before getting carted off the field.
Evan Gattis, Dan Uggla, and Andrelton Simmons homered off an ineffective Jeremy Hefner to help the Braves’ bats break loose after scoring only four runs in their previous three games.
Hudson (8-7) was working on a four-hitter when Young 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 stepped on the back of Hudson’s lower right leg, near his Achilles’, driving the pitcher’s right ankle awkwardly into the ground.
Hudson immediately went down in obvious pain, and Young rushed over to check on him. The crowd at Citi Field groaned when the replay was shown on the big video board.
Rangers 3, Yankees 1 — Matt Garza pitched into the eighth inning of his Rangers debut, the only run he allowed unearned after his throwing error, and Texas beat New York in Arlington, Texas.
Garza (1-0) was 6-1 in his 11 starts this season for the Cubs before being traded Monday to the Rangers, who had long coveted the righthander. He was 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA his last six starts for Chicago, winning the last five.
Angels 1, Twins 0 — Jered Weaver (5-5) outpitched Mike Pelfrey with eight innings of two-hit ball, and Albert Pujols drove in the only run, leading host Los Angeles over Minnesota.
Dodgers 8, Blue Jays 3 — Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer to highlight Los Angeles’s five-run 10th inning as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep in Toronto.
Athletics 4, Astros 3 — Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer in Oakland’s three-run seventh inning to help the Athletics beat host Houston.
Rockies 2, Marlins 1 — Jorge De La Rosa tossed six scoreless innings, Todd Helton doubled and scored a run, and host Colorado held on beat Miami.
Cardinals 11, Phillies 3 — Jake Westbrook pitched seven solid innings and contributed offensively with his second career steal, leading St. Louis over visiting Philadelphia.
Indians 10, Mariners 1 — Scott Kazmir allowed just one hit over his eight innings, Michael Bourn hit his first career grand slam, and visiting Cleveland routed Seattle.
Pirates 4, Nationals 2 — Pirates lefthander Francisco Liriano did not allow a hit until the sixth inning against a struggling and depleted Nationals lineup, and Pedro Alvarez homered off an otherwise dominant Stephen Strasburg, leading Pittsburgh past host Washington.
Tigers 6, White Sox 2 — Prince Fielder, Austin Jackson, and Torii Hunter homered, and Anibal Sanchez pitched six scoreless innings to help visiting Detroit overcome Miguel Cabrera’s absence in a win over Chicago.
Brewers 3, Padres 1 — Kyle Lohse pitched seven strong innings, and Carlos Gomez had four hits and drove in two runs to lead host Milwaukee over San Diego.
Royals 4, Orioles 3 — Eric Hosmer hit two home runs, and Alcides Escobar drove in the winning run in the ninth to lift Kansas City past visiting Baltimore.