SAN FRANCISCO -- All-Star second baseman Orlando Hudson was out of the Dodgers lineup Tuesday night with a strained groin muscle, but manager Joe Torre said he was hopeful the injury was a mild one. "It's a little groin [strain] and he's not available tonight, although he'll be waving up and down the dugout," said Torre. "It could have been worse, from what I am told. The way he did it could have been a lot worse." Torre said Hudson's strain is in the lower abdomen area and not the upper leg, which would be considered more problematic. With a day off Thursday, chances are Hudson also will miss Wednesday's game so he can have three full days to heal.
Hudson, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a double in the top of the sixth inning Monday night, was injured when Giants leadoff hitter Eugenio Velez's sharp ground ball bounced off first baseman Mark Loretta's glove in the bottom of the sixth. Hudson was moving to back up Loretta when he tried to change direction for the carom and his feet went out from under him as he felt a twinge. Hudson remained in the game for two more innings. He started a double play on a grounder by the next better, Freddy Sanchez, and threw out Pablo Sandoval for the third out of the sixth inning. He was removed after striking out in the top of the eighth and replaced by Juan Castro, who stole a hit with a diving stop on Ryan Garko's sharp grounder to end the game. Castro started at second base Tuesday night.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.