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07/24/2013 10:40 pm ET Updated Jul 25, 2013

Tim Hudson Injury: Mets' Eric Young Jr. Steps On Braves Pitcher (VIDEO)

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Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson suffered a brutal injury on Wednesday night in a game against the New York Mets and needed to be carted off the field.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. hit a sharp ground ball to Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman. Young tried to beat the throw from Freeman and ended up stepping on Hudson's ankle during his last stride. Hudson caught the ball for the out but fell to the ground and started writhing in pain.

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The 38-year-old righty had to be taken off the field after throwing 7.2 innings, finishing with nine strikeouts and allowing two runs.

The Braves went on to win 8-2. The team's official Twitter account later posted an update on Hudson's status.

Young, who rushed over to check on Hudson after he was called out, was asked about the play after the game.

"I'm hustling down the line like I always do, going for the base," Young said, via ESPNNewYork.com. "I saw his foot, as I'm going for the base, right there in the middle, as I came down, I knew I didn't get any of the base. I know I got all of his foot. I pretty much knew it was probably broke right as I did it, and that's why I sprinted right back to him and tried to console him as much as I could and apologize."

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NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson has been carted off the field after getting spiked near his right Achilles while covering first base against the New York Mets.

Hudson was working on a four-hit shutout in the eighth inning Wednesday night when Eric Young Jr. hit a grounder that was knocked down by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. Hudson took Freeman's toss at the bag just before Young arrived, and the speedy outfielder stepped on the back of Hudson's lower leg, driving the pitcher's right ankle awkwardly into the ground.

Hudson immediately went down in obvious 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.

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