MIAMI -- An hour or so after he left Thursday's game on a stretcher, and with a brace on his neck, Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson was not only up on his feet inside the visiting clubhouse at Sun Life Stadium, but he had already recovered his sense of humor.
"He's being funny -- being himself," said one member of the Padres' traveling party of Hudson, who had a scare during the seventh inning of the Friars' 5-3 victory over the Marlins when he ran into a padded wall in foul territory after a making a diving catch.
Hudson caught Omar Infante's popup for the last out of the seventh inning, but he could not stop his momentum as it carried him into a wall down the first-base line, an area located near the Marlins' bullpen.
Hudson remained on the ground for several minutes and was unconscious for at least part of that time. He was eventually fitted with a neck brace and placed on a cart that drove him from the field with Padres head trainer Todd Hutcheson.
Hudson was able to give a thumbs-up sign on his way off the field.
The second baseman had a preliminary examination at the ballpark, and then, after changing out of his uniform on his own -- though still wearing the neck brace -- left with Hutcheson for a local hospital for a precautionary checkup.
A team spokesman said that Hudson and Hutcheson will either rejoin the team sometime late Thursday or Friday, when the Padres open a four-game series in Philadelphia.
"A scary moment," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It was a great play, an outstanding play. Then you saw Orlando laying there and not moving. He felt a little tingling in his arm. That part of the body is dicey.
"But initial reports seem to indicate that he's doing well."
San Diego right fielder Will Venable, one of the first players to arrive where Hudson was laying, was surprised to see that his teammate was unconscious.
"It looked like, 'Wow, that hurt,'" Venable said. "Then I got to him, and he was knocked out for sure. It's kind of hard to concentrate on baseball for a little while."
Black said there's no timetable as to when Hudson will return to the lineup. The Padres moved Alberto Gonzalez from third base to second after Hudson left the game.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.