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.
The Chicago Cubs have been hit hard with injuries to their outfielders in the past month. David DeJesus was placed on the disabled list on June 15th with a shoulder strain. Ryan Sweeney crashed into the outfield wall and fractured his ribs on June 29th and Brian Bogusevic went on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. So, the Cubs quietly recalled Junior Lake in desperation last week to play centerfield until DeJesus returns from the disabled list in the next week. On Tuesday night, Lake went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks. In his first 5 games, Lake is 12-for-22 .545/.864/.565 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Remind you of anyone? Yasiel Puig went 8-for-19 (.421) with 4 home runs and 10 RBI in his first five games with the Dodgers. The sample size is very small for Lake and regression is surely coming, but so far Lake is proving he deserves to be playing even when DeJesus is activated from the disabled list.