August 11, 2008
Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Orlando Hudson had surgery on his left wrist Saturday night and will miss the remainder of the season. Dr. Michael Lee performed the procedure, putting a dislocated bone back in place. Hudson will have another surgery today or Tuesday to repair ligaments. He was injured after colliding with Braves catcher Brian McCann near second base in the sixth inning Saturday. Hudson was attempting to catch an errant throw from Juan Cruz.
The recovery time is expected to be three months. The Gold Glove second baseman is a free agent at the end of the season, and may want too much money for Arizona's price range. Hudson hit .305 with eight homers and 41 RBIs in 107 games this season. This is the second straight year his season has been cut short, as he tore a ligament in his left thumb last September and missed the final portion of the regular season and the playoffs.
Augie Ojeda will get the bulk of the work in Hudson's absence, and Chris Burke could see some time against left-handers, Melvin said. A waiver-wire pickup could also be a possibility. Outfielder Jeff Salazar was called up from Triple-A to replace Hudson. Edgar Gonzalez (elbow) was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Salazar on the 40-man roster. Salazar was designated for assignment on July 4, and hit .364 in 24 games for Tucson.