Orlando Hudson - Out for the Season

Orlando Hudson - Out for the Season

For the second consecutive season, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be without a key contributor in Orlando Hudson for the stretch drive, as the star second baseman broke a bone in his left wrist Saturday. Augie Ojeda will take over the primary second baseman's duties with Chris Burke serving as the main backup.

Orlando Hudson suffered a fractured bone and ligament damage in his left wrist when a poor throw by right-hander Juan Cruz drew Hudson's glove hand into Atlanta base runner Brian McCann near second base in the sixth inning of an 11-4 loss Saturday.

The injury also means that Hudson, a free agent after this season, could have played his last game with the D-Backs, for whom he won Gold Gloves in 2006 and '07. The healing process is expected to take three months, also rendering Hudson out for the postseason.

Hudson, 30, was hitting .305 with five home runs and 41 RBIs. He had hit second or third in the lineup most of the season, and also was a vocal team leader.

Infielder Augie Ojeda will become the regular second baseman, manager Bob Melvin said, assuming the role he took last season when Hudson missed the final 21 games of the regular season and the playoffs after suffering a torn ligament in his left thumb while stealing third base Sept. 4th. Ojeda hit .333 in 48 at-bats while filling in for Hudson in the regular season last September before going 6-for-21 in the playoffs.

This news may make the Diamondbacks less enthused about the acquisition of reliever Jon Rauch.  To pry Rauch from the Washington Nationals, the Diamondbacks needed to part with Emilio Bonifacio, their only major league-ready second base prospect.

Hudson underwent surgery to repair the bone damage late Saturday and was to undergo an operation for ligament damage Monday or Tuesday.

"They wanted to make sure they got the bone back in place, which was the easier of the two," Melvin said.

DIAMONDBACKS 6, BRAVES 1: RHP Brandon Webb won his major league-leading 17th game Sunday while limiting Atlanta to six hits in six innings in his seventh straight quality start. Webb (17-4) also had a two-run double to drive in the D-backs' final two runs as they snapped a four-game losing streak a day after losing 2B Orlando Hudson for the season because of a wrist injury. 3B Mark Reynolds had a two-run double in a three-run first inning and C Chris Snyder had a solo home run in the second.

SNAKE BYTES

--IF Augie Ojeda, who hit .333 in 48 at-bats while filling in for Hudson last season, will be the D-backs' regular second baseman, manager Bob Melvin said, with IF/OF Chris Burke becoming the primary backup infielder. Burke had been platooning in right field with OF Alex Romero since OF Justin Upton (left oblique strain) went out July 9.

--OF Jeff Salazar, who opened the season with the D-backs, was purchased from Class AAA Tucson on Sunday to fill the D-backs' open roster spot. Salazar, like Romero a left-handed hitter, was batting .364 at Tucson and went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs on Saturday.

--RHP Edgar Gonzalez (right elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to create room on the 40-man roster for Salazar, who was designated for assignment earlier in the year, passed through waivers and thus was off the roster.

--SS Stephen Drew has a 13-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 23 of his last 25 games since being moved to leadoff permanently on July 10.

--RHP Juan Cruz made two throwing errors between pitches Saturday -- he cut off a throw from the outfield near the plate and made a poor throw to second base, permitting a run to score from third base as Atlanta runner Brian McCann took second (the play on which 2B Orlando Hudson suffered a season-ending wrist injury). As Cruz was in his stretch to deliver his first pitch to the next batter, 1B Casey Kotchman, McCann broke for third. Cruz stepped off the rubber and threw wildly to third, permitting McCann to score.

BY THE NUMBERS: 147 -- Strikeouts this season by 3B Mark Reynolds, who already set a season franchise record with two Sunday. Troy Glaus struck out 145 times in 2005.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's a blow. You have to get past it. You feel for 'O.' It's very disappointing for him and us." -- D-backs manager Bob Melvin on the season-ending wrist injury to 2B Orlando Hudson.

MEDICAL WATCH:

2B Orlando Hudson (wrist) a fractured bone and ligament damage on Aug. 9, when an errant throw by RHP Juan Cruz drew Hudson's glove hand into the midsection of base runner Brian McCann in the sixth inning of an 11-4 loss to Atlanta.

LHP Doug Slaten (right knee strain) went on the 15-day disabled list July 19. He began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Tucson on Aug. 4, and he is expected to be activated during the week of Aug. 11-17.

RF Justin Upton (sore left oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 9. He started hitting soft-toss in the indoor batting cage July 28. An MRI on Aug. 4 was negative. He took batting practice Aug. 7.

OF Eric Byrnes (torn left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list July 1, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 22. He was scheduled to have an MRI on July 9, and he is likely out for the season even if he doesn't require surgery. An earlier hamstring problem caused him to miss 35 games this season, and while he will avoid surgery, he is likely to miss the rest of the season.

RHP Edgar Gonzalez (right elbow strain) went on the 15-day disabled list June 28 and was transferred to the 60-day DL Aug. 11. He'd opted against surgery, and he was prepared to begin a four- to six-week throwing program just before the All-Star break.


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