Arizona's Hudson to undergo MRI exam for sprained left  thumb

Updated: September 6, 2007, 1:47 AM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Arizona second baseman Orlando Hudson has a sprained left thumb and will undergo an MRI exam on Thursday.

Orlando Hudson


Second Base
Arizona Diamondbacks


2007 Season Stats
139 10 63 69 .376 .294

Hudson went 1-for-4 with a triple in the Diamondbacks' 9-6 victory over San Diego on Wednesday night, but he left the game after seven innings. Arizona manager Bob Melvin said the injury occurred on a slide into third base one night earlier.

Hudson will undergo an MRI on Thursday, an off day, and Melvin said the club doesn't know when he may return. The Diamondbacks open a three-game series against NL Central contender St. Louis on Friday night.

Hudson has been one of Arizona's hotter hitters. Since Aug. 3, he is batting .319 (38-for-119) with six doubles, four triples and a homer.

"This obviously puts a little damper here," Melvin said after the Diamondbacks moved a game ahead of the Padres in the NL West. "This is one of our leaders right here, so we've got to try to find a way to get him healthy."

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