Hudson's break is sign of things to come

Hudson's break is sign of things to come

LOS ANGELES -- After sitting out his first game of the season on Wednesday, Dodgers second baseman Orlando Hudson was back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Hudson was the only Dodgers player to have started each of the club's first 54 games before Wednesday's 1-0 victory.

While manager Joe Torre told reporters that Hudson was "beat up" and that was why he was given the day off, the move back into the lineup indicates that there's nothing seriously wrong with Hudson.

Though as the season progresses, don't be surprised to see Hudson sit out more than once every 55 games.

"He's fine," Torre said before Thursday's game. "I just told him we're going to have to find a way find a formula to give him a day off. ... Maybe once every 10 games or so."

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