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Dodgers hope Hudson returns Friday

Dodgers hope Hudson returns Friday

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers All-Star second baseman Orlando Hudson missed a second game Wednesday with a slight groin strain, but manager Joe Torre said he's hopeful Hudson will return to the starting lineup Friday night when the club opens a series against Hudson's former team, the Diamondbacks.

"At least today he's available," Torre said before Wednesday's series finale vs. the Giants. "That's good news."

Hudson was removed from Monday night's game in the eighth inning, two innings after his feet went out from under him when he tried to change direction on a deflected grounder. He felt a twinge high in the left groin area.

Torre said Thursday's day off will allow Hudson three full days to heal.

"He gave me the thumbs up," said Torre. "He didn't push it, but he is feeling better, which is good."

Unlike most player contracts, Hudson's is structured to pay him mostly based on plate appearances as he was coming off a major wrist injury. With guaranteed base salary, signing bonus and incentives already earned, he's made $6.43 million, with another $1.57 million possible. He missed only five of the club's first 114 games.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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