D-backs' Hudson has season-ending thumb surgery

SAN FRANCISCO -- Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Orlando Hudson underwent season-ending surgery Monday to repair a torn
ligament in his left thumb, and the team was pleased with the

The 2-hour procedure was performed by hand specialist Don
Sheridan in Phoenix, and Hudson was resting comfortably back in the
desert. The likely recovery time for the All-Star infielder is
6-to-8 weeks.

"The ligament was fully torn," D-backs assistant general
manager Peter Woodfork said. "So the right choice was to go in and
fix it right now. ... Unfortunately he probably won't be back for
the playoffs. He will be ready for the start of spring training
next year."

Hudson injured the thumb while sliding head first into third
base in a home game against the San Diego Padres last Tuesday
night. He played with the injury Wednesday, but left the game in
the seventh inning and hasn't been able to play again.

"It couldn't have gone more smoothly," Woodfork said.
"Everyone is pretty excited how well it went."

Hudson batted .294 with 10 home runs, nine triples, 28 doubles
and 63 RBIs in 139 games this season. He hit safely in 21 of his
last 31 contests with 11 multihit games during that span.

Manager Bob Melvin spoke to Hudson after the surgery and said he
was "in good spirits." Hudson will see the team when it returns
next week from this six-game road tripagainst the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.

"He wanted to join us in L.A.," Melvin said. "But it's best
if we catch him at home."

Emilio Bonifacio made his first major league start Monday in
Hudson's spot at second and drove in two runs in Arizona's 5-3 comeback win against
at San Francisco. Alberto Callaspo and Augie Ojeda also will play at second.