07/10/09 12:21 AM ET
Hudson fine after being hit on knee
Struggling All-Star drives in three, expects to play Friday
By Matt Chaprales / MLB.com
Already in the midst of his worst slump as a Dodger, the hard-nosed second baseman took a Brian Stokes pitch on the left knee leading off the seventh inning and had to leave Thursday night's game at Citi Field, an 11-2 Los Angeles win over the Mets.
Yet after the game, Hudson sure didn't play the part of an All-Star mired in an extended funk and nursing a sore knee.
"Oh, it hurt," Hudson said of the drilling he took.
But other than adding he would do his daily icing regimen to combat the swelling, Hudson didn't appear to be too concerned with the injury, choosing instead to dwell on another Dodgers victory.
"Tonight we got some runs early and we ended up getting a big W for the team," he said.
That was a modest way of putting it, considering it was Hudson himself -- the same guy who entered Thursday stuck in a 2-for-32 rut -- who blew the game open in the first inning with a three-run double to deep left field to give his club a 4-0 lead it would not relinquish.
When asked if he was frustrated that he got plunked just when he might have been rediscovering his stroke at the plate, he went the other way, saying, "I'm not even thinking about my swing right now. I'm still terrible.
"I still got a long way to go," he added with a chuckle.
Whether or not his swing is returning is a matter of point of view. But considering his upbeat demeanor, the knee seemed to be OK, which was of the utmost importance. Manager Joe Torre -- who missed Hudson getting hit -- echoed that sentiment, saying he's typically informed by the training staff when an injury could be serious.
"Usually if something's not going to be OK, I get that news," Torre said. "And I didn't get that news."
No news was great news for the Dodgers on Thursday -- who took two of three from the Mets -- and for Hudson, who expected to be back in the lineup Friday in Milwaukee for the first game of a three-game weekend series with the Brewers.
Matt Chaprales is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.