Hudson OK after getting hit in jaw during BP

D-backs reliever clears concussion tests Monday, available for action

Hudson OK after getting hit in jaw during BP

ST. LOUIS -- D-backs reliever Daniel Hudson was stuck in the jaw by a ball off the bat of Cardinals infielder Mark Reynolds during batting practice Monday afternoon.

Hudson passed the concussion protocol Monday, but D-backs manager Chip Hale said he stayed away from using the right-hander in a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Cardinals.

The incident occurred as the Arizona relievers were playing catch in the outfield while the Cardinals were going through batting practice.

"He's ready to rock today," Hale said. "They were out there doing some throwing, some drills, and he got hit on the chin, like a right cross."

Worth noting

• Infielder Chris Owings is mired in a 1-for-22 slump. Offseason surgery on his left shoulder forced him to change his mechanics at the plate, going from a one-handed finish to keeping both hands on the bat.

"He's searching," Hale said. "Mechancially, since the surgery, he's changed some things, and I think that in doing that, patience on our part is needed, patience on his part. It's just difficult. I just think he doesn't feel as comfortable yet."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.