Braves Win, But Lose Hudson For the Season

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Tim Hudson earned the win on Wednesday night against the Mets, but it was a turned out to be a bigger lose for the Braves. Hudson suffered a gruesome right ankle injury in the eighth inning of the Braves 8-2 win over the Mets. Hudson had his ankle stepped on by Eric Young Jr. while covering first base and had to be carted off the field. Hudson, 38 years-old, was in position with the Braves to make another run at a World Series, but now questions will asked whether Hudson will decide to go through the rehab process or retire. He is in the final year of his contract with the Braves. He has to wait for the swelling on his ankle to go down before undergoing surgery, but the procedure could sideline him for a large portion of the offseason. The good news for the Braves, Brandon Beachy has almost completed the end of his rehab from Tommy John surgery and would seem to be the most likely replacement in the rotation for Hudson. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Matt Garza threw 7 1/3 strong innings of one-run ball to win in his first start with the Texas Rangers. The Rangers gave up alot to get Garza and he showed why on Wednesday night. He'll face the Angels in his next start.
  • Garrett Richards will replace Joe Blanton in the Angels starting rotation beginning on Saturday. This decision is long overdue as the Angels could not continue to keep Blanton, who is 2-13 with a 5.66 ERA.
  • Jered Weaver threw eight dominating innings on Wednesday afternoon as the Angels in a 1-0 victory over the Twins. Weaver allowed just two hits and striking out nine.
  • Nate Schierholtz went 3-for-6 with a home run and five RBI (career high) in the Cubs 7-6, 10-inning victory against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Its very possible the Cubs will trade Schierholtz by the trade deadline next week.
  • Junior Lake went 2-for-5 with a RBI on Wednesday night. In his first six games with the Cubs, Lake has a .519 BA with two home runs and five RBI.
  • Francisco Liriano outdueled Stephen Strasburg as he went 7 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and three walks in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Nationals. Liriano is having a tremendous season, and is the owner of a 2.23 ERA. He'll try to keep it going against the Cardinals next week.
  • B.J. Upton (groin) played catch and took batting practice Wednesday. Upton is eligible to return from the disabled list this weekend, but that is not going to happen. He could begin a rehab assignment next week.
  • Derek Jeter (quad) is unlikely to return from the disabled list when first eligible on Saturday. Jeter took batting practice and ground balls on Wednesday, but still needs to run the bases as the final step in his rehab process.
  • Miguel Cabrera (hip) missed his second consecutive game on Wednesday. The Tigers do not think Cabrera will need a stint on the disabled list and he could return to the lineup over the weekend.
  • Kyle Blanks (Achilles) will not be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Saturday. Padres manager, Bud Black said there is no timetable for Blank's return.