D-backs' Hudson has season-ending thumb surgery

Updated: September 11, 2007, 1:12 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Orlando Hudson underwent season-ending surgery Monday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, and the team was pleased with the results.

Orlando Hudson


The 2-hour procedure was performed by hand specialist Don Sheridan in Phoenix, and Hudson was resting comfortably back in the desert. The likely recovery time for the All-Star infielder is 6-to-8 weeks.

"The ligament was fully torn," D-backs assistant general manager Peter Woodfork said. "So the right choice was to go in and fix it right now. ... Unfortunately he probably won't be back for the playoffs. He will be ready for the start of spring training next year."

Hudson injured the thumb while sliding head first into third base in a home game against the San Diego Padres last Tuesday night. He played with the injury Wednesday, but left the game in the seventh inning and hasn't been able to play again.

"It couldn't have gone more smoothly," Woodfork said. "Everyone is pretty excited how well it went."

Hudson batted .294 with 10 home runs, nine triples, 28 doubles and 63 RBIs in 139 games this season. He hit safely in 21 of his last 31 contests with 11 multihit games during that span.

Manager Bob Melvin spoke to Hudson after the surgery and said he was "in good spirits." Hudson will see the team when it returns next week from this six-game road tripagainst the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.

"He wanted to join us in L.A.," Melvin said. "But it's best if we catch him at home."

Emilio Bonifacio made his first major league start Monday in Hudson's spot at second and drove in two runs in Arizona's 5-3 comeback win against at San Francisco. Alberto Callaspo and Augie Ojeda also will play at second.

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