It was a rough day from the start for the Arizona Diamondbacks as they fell behind early to the Atlanta Braves and were unable to claw their way back against the crafty Tim Hudson. His counterpart, Daniel Hudson (no relation), had a poor day on the mound and ended up leaving in the bottom of the second after calling the trainer out for assistance.
The team reports that tightness in his right forearm was the reason for his early exit. The severity of the injury has not been disclosed, but many have speculated that a forearm injury is often a mask for some type of elbow injury, which may force Hudson to the disabled list for some time.
Before Hudson left the game, he was struggling on the mound. He allowed 4 runs (and was charged one more after leaving the game) four extra base hits, one home run and seven hits. Josh Collmenter came in to the game in relief, but by that time, the game was essentially out of reach. Daniel Hudson's ERA has now ballooned to 7.35 on the year.
Josh Collmenter came in and allowed no more runs in four innings pitched. Mike Zagurski, Jonathan Albaladejo (who struggled mightily, allowing two earned runs and being called for a balk) and Craig Breslow closed out the game.
The D-backs were able to get runners on base, but were unsuccessful in getting them to pass the plate. Through the first two innings alone, they left four men on with just one out in each inning.
Jason Kubel was the sole player to reach home after hitting a solo bomb off of Tim Hudson in the third inning. After that, Hudson was amazing, striking out 7 batters and retiring 13 in a row at one time in his eight innings pitched.
The Braves, on the other hand, were able to get men on base and then score them after big nights from Michael Bourn, Freddie Freeman and Chipper Jones. Everyone in the Braves' lineup recorded at least one hit, sans their second baseman, Dan Uggla.
The good news for the Diamondbacks is that they will get shortstop Stephen Drew back on Wednesday, whom manager Kirk Gibson has indicated will start. Also, rookie phenom Trevor Bauer has will be the starting pitcher for the D-backs on Thursday night.
If Daniel Hudson ends up having to go to the DL, the Diamondbacks have plenty of options to take his place including Josh Collmenter, Patrick Corbin and possibly even Tyler Skaggs. Coincidentally, Corbin was scratched from his minor league start after news of Hudson's injury traveled to Reno.