Hudson won't go to DL for shin contusion

Hudson won't go to DL for shin contusion

Hudson won't go to DL for shin contusion
SEATTLE -- Second baseman Orlando Hudson won't need a third trip to the disabled list this season, as the left shin contusion that he suffered on Friday against the Mariners will only keep him from the lineup for a few days.

San Diego manager Bud Black said Saturday that Hudson is "sore, but doing better" one day after he fouled a pitch from Seattle's Jason Vargas off his left shin in the second inning in a game the Padres lost, 6-0.

Hudson was on the ground and in considerable pain for a few minutes before leaving the field with the assistance of two teammates.

"We're going to stay away from him the best we can tonight," Black said. "Hopefully, it will heal quickly."

Black said there's a possibility that Hudson could play on Sunday in the series finale at Safeco Field.

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Alberto Gonzalez, who filled in for Hudson on Friday, got the start at second base in the second game of the three-game series.

Hudson has already been on the disabled list twice this season, missing 13 games with a right hamstring strain and 22 games with a left groin strain.

Black also indicated that it wasn't likely the team would promote an infielder from the Minor Leagues with Hudson being down.

"I think we're OK," Black said.