07/19/09 9:02 PM ET
Wrist injury for LA's Hudson not serious
Second baseman exits game, listed as day to day
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
According to initial reports from the club, the injury is not in the same location as the repair. His status is day to day.
"We'll get a better read tomorrow," manager Joe Torre said. "It doesn't seem to be anything, I don't want to say a major problem because when it hurts, it's a problem, but it's something he's had before and we've sat him down for a day or so."
Hudson was injured when he grounded out to end the fifth inning. With Astros pitcher Russ Ortiz taking Jeff Keppinger's throw at first, Hudson extended his left hand in an apparent attempt to keep Ortiz from backing into him as he went by but acted as if he hyperextended the left wrist, which no longer bends backward after surgery to repair a serious dislocation suffered last year.
After a brief meeting with Torre and trainer Stan Conte, Hudson left the game. He suffered a similar twinge during Spring Training and missed one game, which is what the club is expecting this time, although he is scheduled to undergo X-rays. He did not speak to reporters after the game.
The Dodgers signed Hudson one week into Spring Training to a one-year contract worth somewhere between $3.38 million and $8 million, depending on how much he plays. The industry considered it a bargain, but the risk associated with his injury helps explain it.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.