Thursday, July 25, 2013
Young bummed about Hudson injury
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. said he was "bummed" out after his collision with Atlanta's Tim Hudson resulted in a fractured right ankle for the pitcher in the Braves' 8-2 win on Wednesday.
Young stepped on Hudson's lower ankle/Achilles at first base while running out a grounder in the eighth inning.
"I apologized to him, told him it was an accident, I obviously wasn't trying to hurt him on the play," Young said. "He just told me to keep my head up and keep playing the game the hard way, the right way. He said there was nothing I can do about it. That made me feel somewhat better, but still bummed that he's going to be out for a while."
With the Braves ahead 6-0 and two men on and one out in the eighth, Young hit a chopper to first that bounced off first baseman Freddie Freeman's chest. Freeman recovered and tossed to Hudson, who was covering first. Hudson's right foot tagged the middle of the bag, and Young stepped right on the lower ankle/Achilles area as he tried to beat out the throw.
Hudson immediately went down, and Young ran right back to the veteran to apologize and offer words of support. Young said that he knew he didn't get the bag and had instead landed on Hudson's foot, and he instantly thought Hudson may have broken a bone. Hudson was eventually carted off the field, and Young stayed with him right until Hudson departed.
Young said it was hard to play the final inning after the collision, but he saw Hudson and his wife after the game and that put him at ease. He appreciated that Hudson complimented him for playing the game the right way.
"He told me it wasn't my fault, just one of those freak plays that happened" Young said. "His foot was in the middle of the bag and I was just hustling like I normally do and I couldn't avoid him. You never want to injure anybody.
"I just hope he has a speedy recovery, getting out there doing what he does. I mean, he pitched a great game tonight and hopefully he can get back out there doing what he loves."
Mets manager Terry Collins and his players wished Hudson a speedy recovery while praising him for being one of baseball's great ambassadors. Hudson threw 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball and recorded the win.
"That sucks. He pitched a heck of a game and to have that kind of freak accident happen to one of the good guys in the game," Mets third baseman David Wright said.
"I've gotten a chance to be around Tim at All-Star Games and playing against him for so long. He's one of the good guys in the game and to see him go down like that and know something was wrong, it's tough to watch. You never want to see anybody get hurt. You just wish him a speedy recovery and hope it's not too serious."