Hudson smiling despite headache from play

Hudson smiling despite headache from play

PHILADELPHIA -- Orlando Hudson had one regret about the play he made Thursday against the Marlins that resulted in his running into a padded wall in foul territory down the first base line.

"I wish the wall would have moved," Hudson said Monday. "Damn wall didn't budge."

The second baseman was all smiles Friday before the Padres began a four-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, though he still had a slight headache and soreness in his shoulders after Sunday's incident.

Hudson is expected to miss a few games.

"Hopefully, he progresses to the point where he's comfortable playing," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It could have been worse."

Hudson briefly lost consciousness after his inning-ending grab of a ball that Omar Infante hit down the first base line in the seventh inning.

Hudson was able to catch the ball on a diving attempt, but his momentum carried him into the padded wall that, as it turned out, wasn't padded nearly enough for his liking.

"I did see darkness," Hudson said of being unconsciousness.

Hudson left the game on a stretcher and with a neck brace on as a precaution. He and the Padres head trainer, Todd Hutcheson, stayed in Miami after the team charter departed for Philadelphia.

Hudson had a precautionary examination at a Florida hospital and x-rays on his neck were negative. He and Hutcheson were able to take a later flight Sunday to Philadelphia.

"I feel pretty good," Hudson said. "We've got the best training staff in baseball and in all sports."

Hudson said that he appreciate the support he got, not only from his teammates but also from the Marlins and others around the game.

"I appreciate the guys coming around and checking on me. I appreciate the Marlins fans, too. Quite a few of their [Marlins] teammates called to check on me," Hudson said.