(NEW YORK) — Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson suffered a broken right ankle after he collided with Mets outfielder Eric Young at first base during the seventh inning of the Braves’ 8-2 win on Wednesday night.
Young was hustling down the line and spiked Hudson at first. Hudson was taken away on a stretcher.
“The way it goes sometimes,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “It’s a freak play, two guys going for the bag and E.Y. just stepped on him. You cover the bag thousands of times and that stuff never happens.”
Young spoke with Hudson as the EMS tended to him on the field.
“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.
“I was able to see Tim before they took him to the hospital. He told me it wasn’t my fault, just one of those freak plays that happened.”
Hudson improved to 8-7, but is expected to miss the rest of the season.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News