Tim Hudson is out for the season with a broken right ankle, leaving the Atlanta Braves without the leader of their pitching staff as they make a push for the pennant.
The team said Hudson will have season-ending surgery in Atlanta once the swelling subsides. The right-hander was injured Wednesday night when Eric Young Jr. of the New York Mets inadvertently stepped on the back of Hudson’s lower right leg while the pitcher was covering first base.
“I think we’ve got to rally behind this, as a team and as a pitching staff,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’re going to miss him, but we’ve got a good club.”
Atlanta placed Hudson on the 15-day disabled list and recalled rookie left-hander Alex Wood from Triple-A Gwinnett. Wood pitched in place of Paul Maholm, who has a bruised left wrist.
The NL East leaders had planned to put Maholm on the DL, but the injury opened a spot for Wood instead. Brandon Beachy is expected to replace Hudson in the rotation. Brett returns to front office
Hall of fame third baseman George Brett is stepping down as hitting coach of the Kansas City Royals and returning to the team’s front office. Brett, 60, will resume his position as vice president of baseball operations after working two months as interim hitting coach. He will be replaced as a coach by Pedro Grifol.
Yankees to discipline A-Rod
A source familiar with the New York Yankees’ deliberations says the team intends to discipline Alex Rodriguez for seeking a second medical opinion on his injured leg without New York’s permission. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized, said the type of penalty had not yet been determined. The source also said that during a conference call, the Yankees and Rodriguez agreed to a timetable that would have Rodriguez resume games around Aug. 1.
Brown out with concussion
The Philadelphia Phillies put All-Star outfielder Domonic Brown on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Brown hit his head on the ground diving for a ball in the seventh inning Tuesday at St. Louis. The Phillies called up outfielder Steve Susdorf from Lehigh Valley.
Around the leagues
Miami Marlins rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna will miss the rest of the season because of a left thumb injury. Ozuna was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Tuesday and was scheduled to undergo surgery today in Miami. … The St. Louis Cardinals recalled Marc Rzepczynski, 27, from Triple-A Memphis, giving them three left-handed relievers. Rookie right-hander Carlos Martinez, 21, was optioned to Memphis. … The Oakland Athletics placed catcher John Jaso on the seven-day concussion disabled list and called up Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Sacramento. … The Los Angeles Dodgers designated injury-plagued left-hander Ted Lilly for assignment and recalled utilityman Elian Herrera from Triple-A Albuquerque.