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05/31/10 11:46 PM ET
Wrist to sideline Hudson a few days
Second baseman misses flight to Seattle to undergo CT scan
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- A CT scan of Orlando Hudson's surgically-repaired left wrist showed no new fractures, and the Twins hope that the second baseman could return to the lineup in two to three days, general manager Bill Smith wrote in an e-mail to the team's beat writers on Monday. Hudson is scheduled to fly to Seattle on Tuesday to rejoin his team. Hudson did not travel with the Twins for the start of their four-game series with the Mariners after injuring his left wrist on the final play of Sunday night's game during a collision with center fielder Denard Span. He stayed back to get further tests. X-rays done on Hudson's wrist on Sunday night were inconclusive, due to previous wrist surgery, so Hudson underwent a CT scan on Monday at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. "The scan shows an old fracture, but nothing acute [new]," Smith wrote in the e-mail. "Dr. Dan Buss also spoke with the surgeon who did Orlando's wrist surgery at the end of the 2008 season and compared results." Hudson, 32, suffered a dislocation fracture in his left wrist back in August 2008 and underwent surgery to repair it. Smith also said in the e-mail that Hudson reported to the clubhouse on Monday morning with some increased movement in his wrist. Prior to Monday night's series opener against the Mariners, Hudson had missed just one game for the Twins this season. He is batting .305 with 10 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 16 RBIs in 49 games. Hudson has been a solid fit for the club in the No. 2 spot, posting a .377 on-base percentage and stealing four bases. Hudson has also paired with shortstop J.J. Hardy to give the club a solid middle-infield presence, recording just two errors in 259 chances so far this season. So the news that the club likely wouldn't lose him for a prolonged time was certainly greeted by smiles in the Twins' clubhouse, including Michael Cuddyer, who was filling for Hudson at second base on Monday night. "He's definitely a vital cog," said Cuddyer, who was making his first start at second base since July 23, 2005. "I don't think I'd be the answer as a long-term solution. A game here or a game there, I think we can patch it up. So hopefully it's not a long time, because we need him." As for whether or not Hudson will play this series against the Mariners, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that's not something he knows right now. "We have to see him and see how he's feeling," Gardenhire said. "He'll tell us. [His wrist] is sore to the touch, but he felt a lot better today than he did last night." With two on and two outs in the ninth inning of Sunday's contest, Hudson and Span were both running full speed toward shallow center field to try to catch a high fly ball hit by Vladimir Guerrero. Span, who had been playing deep to prevent any doubles, managed to make the lunging catch for the final out of the game. But in the midst of the play, he collided with Hudson -- sending both players flying in the air. Gardenhire said he immediately went running toward the outfield when he saw the collision. At the time, he wasn't even sure if Span had caught the ball. "I saw it and I honestly was coming out of the dugout [before it happened]," Gardenhire said. "You could feel it. I saw Orlando get hit and I was ready to run. Two guys down and you don't know which one to go to." Gardenhire was asked if there was anything that could have prevented the collision between Hudson and Span on that play. "Span was 10 miles back," Gardenhire said of their preventing doubles defense. "There is nothing that can be done differently when you are playing like that. Both are charging for the ball. Orlando is going for it, he's looking over his head and Span is coming in. That's just part of the game. It's a scary part. ... It just happens every once in awhile; [you] have to try to make a play and just hit." Span, who was hit in his groin on the play but was able to get up quicker than Hudson, also didn't see how anything could have been done differently to prevent the collision. He said that both players were running so hard and the crowd was so loud that it was impossible to hear if either of them was calling for the ball. And while Span tried to make a hand motion to wave Hudson off, it wasn't something the second baseman could see while he was running. "Same play happens again, if we were to both hesitate, the ball drops," Span said. "So I don't know. You've got to keep playing hard. I'm just glad no one was seriously hurt, because it could have been a lot worse."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.