Tim Hudson against the Detroit Tigers during the a spring training game at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Photo: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Hudson took a shutout into the eighth inning before getting spiked at first base and carted off the field during the Atlanta Braves' 8-2 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
Evan Gattis, Dan Uggla and Andrelton Simmons all homered off an ineffective Jeremy Hefner (4-8) to help the Braves' bats break loose after scoring only four runs in their previous three games. But the nasty-looking injury to Hudson is a huge concern, leaving the NL East leaders without a veteran winner who was on a roll.
Hudson (8-7) was working on a four-hitter when Eric Young Jr. 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.
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