D-backs can't fight back following Hudson's injury

D-backs can't fight back following Hudson's injury

D-backs can't fight back following Hudson's injury
ATLANTA -- With four runs already on the scoreboard for the Braves and runners on first and second in the bottom of the second inning, right-hander Daniel Hudson realized what he had to do. He had to admit his elbow was bothering him, that every time he properly followed through on a pitch it hurt, that he wasn't helping his team anymore.

So with a 2-0 count on Braves cleanup-hitter Brian McCann, Hudson called the trainer to the mound at Turner Field.

"I've always had soreness in there, but it had gotten to the point where it was affecting how I was pitching out there, so I figured I had to take myself out of the game," Hudson said.

Right-hander Josh Collmenter replaced Hudson in the game and threw four shutout innings, but the Braves already had more than enough runs. Combined with an excellent start by right-hander Tim Hudson, the Braves won, 8-1, snapping the D-backs four-game winning streak in front of 23,513 fans at Turner Field.

Daniel Hudson will return to Phoenix for an MRI on Wednesday. He has already made one trip to the disabled list this season, when a right-shoulder impingement sidelined him for a month in late April.

Manager Kirk Gibson said anytime he asked Hudson about his shoulder he said it was fine. Hudson never mentioned anything was wrong with his elbow until the second inning Tuesday.

"I never heard that at all," Gibson said. "I asked him walking off the field if he felt something pop and he said, 'No.' He said, 'It's always sore, but I just can't finish my pitches tonight.' And I was unaware of that."

Hudson struggled from the start Tuesday. Michael Bourn hit a 93 mph fastball to center field for his third leadoff home run of the season. It got worse when Chipper Jones and Freddie Freeman hit consecutive doubles to start the second inning, and No. 8 hitter Andrelton Simmons followed with a run-scoring single. Hudson managed to get two of the next three hitters, but after falling behind to McCann, he called for the trainer.

The injury caught the Braves off guard. Third baseman Chipper Jones, who hit the first of the three doubles to start the second, said he couldn't tell anything was wrong with Hudson.

"That injury seemed to come out of nowhere," Jones said. "I think his last pitch was 93. Whatever he had, he was battling through to the very end."

After the delay to allow Collmenter time to warm up, McCann finished his at bat with an RBI single. It would be all the Braves would get off the D-backs long man. Collmenter was able to avoid further trouble, and kept the D-backs in the game.

"He was great," Gibson said. "Six hits, no runs, four innings. It was the Collmenter deluxe."

But with the D-backs offense unable to get anything going against Tim Hudson, the early damage was too much to overcome.

Jason Kubel provided the D-backs their lone run when he drove a sinker into the seats in right-center field for his 11th home run of the year. Kubel also hit a solo home run in the D-backs 5-1 victory on Sunday, giving him home runs in back-to-back games for the second time in a week.

Aside from Kubel, Arizona had no answer for Hudson. After Kubel's home run, Hudson did not allow a runner to reach second base. He allowed seven hits in eight innings, his longest start since shutting out the Marlins on June 5.

Hudson has dominated the D-backs in his career. He improved to 7-0 with a 1.33 ERA in nine career starts against Arizona. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt said Hudson was doing what he always has done to be effective.

"He just got ahead of guys," said Goldschmidt, who went 0-for-3 against Hudson. "Throwing strikes, using his sinker, what he's been doing for a lot of years."

Combined with Daniel Hudson's injury, Tuesday's loss was a blow to the momentum the D-backs have built in the last month. They entered the day five games behind the first-place Dodgers in the National League West.

Now, however, they must move on.

"We didn't have a very good game tonight," Gibson said.

Teddy Cahill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.