According to a wire report, Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson is out for the rest of the season with a broken right ankle sustained on Wednesday night against the New York Mets.
The 38-year-old Braves staff veteran and leader will have surgery in Atlanta once swelling as subsided, as reported by the AP.
New York’s Eric Young Jr. appeared to snap Hudson’s ankle inward while he covered first base in the eighth inning of the Braves 8-2 road victory at Citi Field.
Young Jr., who stayed on the field and was reportedly consoling as well as apologizing to Hudson, received credit from Hudson’s wife Kim, who tweeted the leftfielder and thanked the entire Met organization for their support.
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“@EYJr Thank you for playing the game the right way. You’re obviously one of the good guys. We appreciate you.” Kim Hudson posted on Twitter according to For the Win.
Without diminishing Hudson’s injury or pain, over the years there have been plenty of gruesome injuries that have ended careers or kept players out for well over a year. In the past 12 months, several injuries have stood out, with a bulk of them occurring in April.
The most recent one that is still fresh in the sporting public’s mind is the horrific broken leg suffered by Louisville guard Kevin Ware during the Cardinals title run in the NCAA Tournament in April.
Ware is healing well, and according to head coach Rick Pitino, he could return to the court as early as October.
Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore had already battled knee injuries throughout his collegiate career, but in October the dislocated knee and ligament damage sustained in a game against Tennessee put the one-time top NFL prospect’s career in serious jeopardy.
The injury was later revealed to be less serious than it looked, and the San Francisco 49ers took a chance on Lattimore by drafting him in the fourth round of the draft in April. Lattimore’s determination has inspired lots of players currently in the league, including Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. For now he’s on the PUP list, but Lattimore expects to play in the upcoming season.
In the NBA, fans also saw smooth shooting Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari and his left knee buckle in April. The ACL tear ended Gallinari’s season and Denver eventually lost in the first round of the playoffs, missing their most versatile scorer.
ACL tears can take upwards of a year to fully heal, but the Denver Post reported the Italian could be back as early as December. Gallinari has posted a video on Facebook detailing his speedy recovery, and in turn has given Nugget fans hope for next season.