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Braves’ Hudson Requires Surgery

  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is helped by a trainer after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is helped by a trainer after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is helped by a trainer after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is helped by a trainer after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is helped by a trainer after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is helped by a trainer after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • New York Mets' Eric Young Jr. (22) checks on Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson after Hudson was hurt on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    New York Mets' Eric Young Jr. (22) checks on Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson after Hudson was hurt on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • New York Mets' Eric Young Jr. (22) checks on Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson after Hudson was hurt on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    New York Mets' Eric Young Jr. (22) checks on Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson after Hudson was hurt on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson reacts after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson reacts after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson reacts after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson reacts after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field after being injured during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field after being injured during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field after being injured during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field after being injured during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field after being injured during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)`

    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field after being injured during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)`

  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field after being injured during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)`

    Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field after being injured during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)`

  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is helped by a trainer after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is helped by a trainer after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is helped by a trainer after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • New York Mets' Eric Young Jr. (22) checks on Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson after Hudson was hurt on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • New York Mets' Eric Young Jr. (22) checks on Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson after Hudson was hurt on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson reacts after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson reacts after being injured on a play at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field after being injured during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field after being injured during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field after being injured during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)`
  • Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson is carted off the field after being injured during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)`

New York — Tim Hudson needs surgery on his broken right ankle, an injury that leaves the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves without one of their top pitchers.

Hudson got hurt while covering first base Wednesday night during an 8-2 victory over the New York Mets when Eric Young Jr. stepped on the back of his lower leg. The 38-year-old right-hander was carted off the field in obvious pain.

He had X-rays at Citi Field, and the Braves say he will undergo surgery in Atlanta once the swelling goes down. It’s unclear how long Hudson will be out or whether he’ll be able to pitch again this season.

Hudson (8-7) was working on a four-hit shutout in the eighth inning when Young hit a grounder that was knocked down by first baseman Freddie Freeman. Hudson took Freeman’s toss at the bag just before Young arrived, and the speedy outfielder inadvertently stepped on Hudson, driving his right ankle awkwardly into the ground.

He immediately went down in pain, and Young rushed over to check on him. The crowd at Citi Field groaned when the replay was shown on the big video board.

EMS workers strapped Hudson to a backboard and drove him off the field on a cart as fans applauded.

Hudson struck out a season-high nine in 7 2-3 innings to win his fourth straight start.