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Orlando Hudson leaves game with strained left groin

May 25, 2011, 8:49 PM EST

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Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson removed himself from Wednesday’s series finale against the Cardinals moments ago after appearing to aggravate his once-strained right hamstring.

Hudson managed an infield single on a hot shot to third base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but he tweaked something just before landing safely on the first base bag. O-Dog immediately headed for the Padres’ dugout, then threw off his batting helmet as he hobbled down the clubhouse steps.

Hudson spent two weeks on the disabled list earlier this month with a strain of his right hamstring. He was just activated on May 19, in fact, and was making just his 34th start of the season Wednesday night.

Alberto Gonzalez stepped in to play second base in Hudson’s absence and could be asked to begin making regular starts there soon. The Padres do not have much in the way of organizational infield depth.

UPDATE: Scratch all that hamstring talk. According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Hudson has been diagnosed with a left groin strain. It seems likely that he will land on the 15-day disabled list.

  1. micker716 - May 25, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    I’m betting that David Eckstein, being David Eckstein, is in shape and waiting by the phone.

  2. Old Gator - May 26, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Olando Hudson has….two groins? Not bad. Bet the strange flocks to him on the road.

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