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Braves’ Hudson breaks ankle in win against Mets

Braves’ Hudson breaks ankle in win against Mets

Braves’ Hudson breaks ankle in win against Mets
Photo Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sport
Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson is checked on by a trainer after being injured in a collision at first base with New York Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. in the eighth inning at Citi Field.

Braves’ Hudson breaks ankle in win against Mets

What had been a splendid night for Tim Hudson and the Braves took an awful turn in the eighth inning Wednesday night, when the veteran pitcher broke his right ankle on a play at first base in a 8-2 win against the New York Mets.

Hudson was pitching a four-hit shutout when the gruesome injury occurred. Eric Young, trying to beat a throw to first base on a groundout, stepped on Hudson’s leg just above the ankle, rolling his ankle inward all the way to the ground.

Hudson held on to the ball for the out and hopped a couple of times before falling to the ground in agony. X-rays taken at Citi Field showed the fracture, and Hudson will have season-ending surgery in Atlanta once the swelling goes down.

“It’s terrible,” said second baseman Dan Uggla, who hit one of the Braves’ three home runs, but was in a solemn mood afterward, like the rest of his teammates. “That’s a big blow. Huddy is such a leader on the field and in the clubhouse, and in the dugout when he’s not pitching, so this is a tough one.”

Hudson, 38, was attended to by trainers and EMS works for about 10 minutes before being strapped on a backboard and placed on a motorized cart. He was driven off the field, the cart traveling directly in front of the visitor’s dugout on the third-base side, a few feet in front of concerned teammates standing on the top step.

Catcher Brian McCann was asked about Hudson’s importance to the Braves.

“He’s huge,” McCann said. “I mean, he’s the veteran presence around here that people go to. It’s Tim Hudson. The guy’s got 200 wins, and best teammate you’re ever going to have. Everybody in here feels bad for him.”

There were two runners on base and one out when Young hit a grounder that bounced off the chest of first baseman Freddie Freeman, who retrieved it and tossed softly to Hudson, covering on the play.

Hudson had reached back a second time with his foot to make sure he made the tag, and his foot was more than halfway across the base when Young, already in the air on his final lunging last step to the base, stepped on Hudson’s leg above the ankle while running full speed.

“There was nowhere for EY to go, nothing he could do,” Braves manager Freddie Gonzalez said.

“I saw them get tangled up,” Uggla said. “I was just hoping he Charley-horsed him or something. I didn’t see the extent of it. Once I saw Huddy’s reaction, I was like, Oh, no. This isn’t good….

“He was kind of in disbelief, obviously in a lot of pain. You could see, just the thoughts going through his head, ‘This can’t be happening…. This is unbelievable.’ That sort of thing. I know he was in a lot of pain.”

Gonzalez and trainers ran to Hudson as he lay on the field just inside the first-base line.

“It’s a freak play, two guys going for the bag and EY just stepped on him,” Gonzalez said, “and Huddy had his foot on the bag. Freak play. You cover the bag thousands of times and that stuff never happens. But the reaction of the crowd when we were out there – I guess they showed the replay (on the video board) – wasn’t good. And talking to Timmy, you felt that it wasn’t good.”

Young appeared distraught as he stood near Hudson, fighting to hold back tears.

“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.”

Gonzalez said: “He kept telling Timmy, ‘I’m sorry, it wasn’t on purpose or anything.’ And Timmy was telling him, ‘No, I know, it’s just an accident.’”

Hudson (8-7) was replaced by Luis Avilan, who gave up a two-run double to the next batter, Daniel Murphy. Until the eighth inning, Hudson had allowed only two runners to reach second base and none to reach third.

He was charged with four hits, two runs and three walks with nine strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. But his pitching line and little else about the game seemed important after the injury to Hudson, whose wife, Kim, was at the game with their son, Kade.

“I didn’t see it,” Freeman said. “I flipped (the ball to Hudson) and spun. Once I turned around he was already on the ground. I didn’t see it, and I don’t want to see it. I heard the reaction from the crowd.

“It just sucks. That was one of the best games I’ve ever seen him pitch. To have that happen, it’s terrible.”

There was an audible groan from fans when a replay showed the grotesque injury on the stadium video board, and Hudson got an ovation as he was carted off the field.

“That’s all that was on my mind the rest of the game, was how he was doing,” McCann said. “You think about his family that was here in the stands, watching that. We won, but it’s a tough night.”

Hudson, who turned 38 this month, is in the option year of his contract and will be eligible for free agency after the season. The Alabama native and former Auburn standout has overcome major back surgery and Tommy John elbow surgery during his nine-year career with the Braves, and he’s their only starting pitcher with postseason experience, other than Kris Medlen’s start in last year’s Wild Card game.

The Braves could look to add a veteran starter before the July 31 trade deadline, or go with what they have. They’re one of the few teams with enough pitching depth to potentially cover such a loss without making a trade, althought it might be a bit risky to go to a postseason series without playoff-tested starters in the rotation.

Brandon Beachy, 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery, pitched well again for Triple-A Gwinnett Wednesday night in what was probably going to be his last or next-to-last rehab start even before Hudson was injured.

Beachy could slip into Hudson’s rotation spot, or the Braves could keep rookie left-hander Alex Wood in the rotation after Paul Maholm returns from a DL stint for a sprained wrist. Wood is starting in Maholm’s place in Thursday’s series finale.

Until the injury, the first-place Braves were enjoying a rare night on the road when everything was clicking for them.

Evan Gattis, who was a junior college teammate of Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner for half of a season in 2006 at Seminole State College in Oklahoma, hit a mammoth homer against him in the second inning, the first of three off Hefner (4-8).

Andrelton Simmons and Uggla drove in all five runs in a fifth-inning outburst that chased Hefner and assured the Braves of a least a split of the four-game series. It was the 11th homer for Simmons and third in six games on the trip. He had only six all season in 2012 in the major and minor leagues.

Hudson won his third consecutive road start since a stretch in which he went 0-7 with a 6.40 ERA in eight road starts.

The Braves are 3-3 on their seven-game trip, and a win in Thursday’s finale against the Mets would give them their first winning record on a trip in nearly two months, since finishing 3-2 on the road against the Mets and Toronto May 24-28.

Gattis’ long homer to the second seating deck in left field was his first since June 10 and his ninth hit in a six-game hitting streak that began the day after he returned from a four-week stint on the disabled list for a strained oblique.

Uggla pushed the lead to 4-0 with his team-high 20th homer, a three-run shot with none out in the fifth. Three batters later, Simmons hit a two-run homer that gave him six in his past 21 games and three homers in six games on this trip.

“We were finally able to get some runs early, and Huddy did the rest,” Uggla said.

The six runs and three homers were two more of each than the Braves’ combined total in their previous three games against the White Sox and Mets. The run support amounted to overkill for Hudson, who improved to 142-3 (with 29 no-decisions) when given a lead of at least three runs.

But again, statistics seemed of little concern as the eldest Brave, the pitching staff’s veteran leader, was carted off the field.

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Trump will later host the Indian delegation for dinner, making Modi the first world leader to receive a White House dinner in his honor. ___ 1:15 p.m. The State Department has imposed sanctions on the Pakistan-based leader of a militant group that fights against Indian control in the divided territory of Kashmir. The designation of Syed Salahuddin (SAI-ed sah-lah-hoo-DEEN) will be welcomed by India, whose prime minister is meeting Monday with President Donald Trump. The action bars U.S. persons from financial transactions with Salahuddin. He is a senior leader of the largest rebel group fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, Hizbul Mujahideen. The group demands the Himalayan region's merger with Pakistan. The department says that in September 2016, Salahuddin vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict. He threatened to train Kashmiri suicide bombers and turn the Kashmir valley 'into a graveyard for Indian forces.' The U.S. says the militant group has claimed responsibility for several attacks. ____ 8:34 a.m. President Donald Trump will welcome India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House. Modi is expected Monday afternoon for meetings with Trump and dinner with the president and first lady. The meeting is the first between the leaders of the world's two largest democracies. It takes place amid uncertainty over the relationship because of differences on trade and other issues. Trump has focused on outreach to China, India's strategic rival, as he looks to Beijing to rein in North Korea. But Washington and New Delhi share concerns about China's rise as a military power. In advance of the meeting, the Trump administration approved India's purchase of nearly two dozen unarmed surveillance drones. The deal, estimated to be worth about $2 billion, is still subject to congressional approval.
  • The Latest on the NBA awards show (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Draymond Green is the Defensive Player of the Year, ending Kawhi Leonard's two-year reign. Green was rewarded for his do-everything role with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. He led the league in steals and on Feb. 10 had the league's first triple-double ever that didn't include points, finishing with 11 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists. Leonard was trying to be the first to win three in a row since Dwight Howard. Utah's Rudy Gobert was the other finalist during Monday night's NBA Awards show. ___ 10:35 p.m. The Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets have become double winners at the NBA Awards show. Giannis Antetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player award, following Malcolm Brogdon's victory for Rookie of the Year to open the show on Monday night. Mike D'Antoni was then voted Coach of the Year, the second time he has won the award. He led the Rockets to 55 victories and a league record for 3-pointers this season. D'Antoni, who also won the award while coaching Phoenix, followed Rockets guard Eric Gordon's win for Sixth Man of the Year. ___ 10:15 p.m. Bill Russell has received the first Lifetime Achievement award, responding with some trash talk and then praise for the big men who honored him. Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo were on stage Monday night at the NBA Awards show to present the honor to Russell, who won 11 championships as a player with the Boston Celtics and went on to become the NBA's first black coach. Russell pointed at them and said he would kick all their butts. After a long laugh from the crowd that was standing and cheering, Russell told the other centers that 'you have no idea how much respect I have for you guys.' The NBA Finals MVP award is named for Russell, who was one of the most dominant defensive players in NBA history. ___ 9:30 p.m. Houston guard Eric Gordon has won the Sixth Man of the Year award in his first year as a reserve. Gordon beat out Rockets teammate Lou Williams and former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala for the award given to the league's top player off the bench. Gordon set an NBA single-season record for most 3-pointers off the bench, helping the high-scoring Rockets make more shots behind the arc than any team in history. The Rockets had a chance for a big night on Monday at the first NBA Awards show, with James Harden a finalist for MVP and Mike D'Antoni a finalist for Coach of the Year. ___ 9:20 p.m. Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks is the NBA's Rookie of the Year. The guard won the first award Monday night during the first NBA Awards show that was hosted by Drake. Brogdon beat out finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, both of the Philadelphia 76ers. Brogdon was a second-round pick out of Virginia who led all rookies with 4.2 assists and 1.12 steals per game in helping the Bucks reach the playoffs. Embiid had the strongest stats, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.45 blocks, but was limited to just 31 games because of injuries. ___ 8:55 p.m. Golden State's Draymond Green was the leading vote-getter for the All-Defensive team. He was joined on the first team by Utah center Rudy Gobert and Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard — who join Green as the finalists for Defensive Player of the Year be announced Monday night during the NBA Awards show. Leonard won the award the last two seasons. Green received 99 of a possible 100 first-team votes from a panel of media voters. Gobert got 97 and Leonard received 93. The Clippers' Chris Paul and Houston's Patrick Beverley were the two guards on the first team. The second team guards were Tony Allen of Memphis and Danny Green of the Spurs. New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis was the center and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson the forwards. ___ 8:40 p.m. Philadelphia's Dario Saric and Milwaukee guard Malcolm Brogdon were unanimously selected to the All-Rookie first team. Both players received all 100 first-team votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. They were joined by Joel Embiid, Saric's teammate in Philadelphia, along with Sacramento guard Buddy Hield and Knicks forward Willy Hernangomez. There were four international players on the first team for the first time in the award's history. Saric, Brogdon and Embiid are the three finalists for Rookie of the Year to be announced Monday night during the NBA Awards show. The second team was Denver's Jamal Murray, Boston's Jaylen Brown, the Suns' Marquese Chriss, Lakers guard Brandon Ingram and Dallas guard Yogi Ferrell. ___ For more AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball