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08/11/09 2:43 AM ET

Groin strain may sideline Hudson

Dodgers second baseman injured in opener victory

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers expect to be without All-Star second baseman Orlando Hudson on Tuesday night after he suffered a slight groin strain in an awkward slip in the bottom of the sixth inning of Monday night's 4-2 win over the Giants.

Hudson, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a double in the top of the sixth inning, was injured when Giants leadoff hitter Eugenio Velez's sharp ground ball bounced off first baseman Mark Loretta's glove.

Hudson was moving to back up Loretta when he tried to change direction for the carom and his feet went out from under him as he felt a twinge.

"I don't wear spikes," Hudson said. "I never do. Always wear rubber [cleats]. It's just one of those things."

Hudson remained in the game for two more innings. He started a double play on a grounder by the next batter, Freddy Sanchez, and threw out Pablo Sandoval for the third out of the sixth inning.

He was removed after striking out in the top of the eighth and replaced by Juan Castro, who stole a hit with a diving stop on Ryan Garko's sharp grounder to end the game.

Manager Joe Torre said he expected Hudson to miss at least Tuesday night's game.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.