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Hudson done for season after surgery

Hudson done for season

PHOENIX -- D-backs second baseman Orlando Hudson had surgery on his dislocated wrist on Saturday night and will be out for the remainder of the season.

D-backs manager Bob Melvin said the bone in Hudson's wrist was put back in place, but he will need further surgery to repair damaged ligaments in the wrist.

The surgery could have been done all at once, Melvin said, but the D-backs wanted to wait for hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan to work on the ligaments.

"They wanted to make sure they got in there and got the bone in place last night, which was the easier of the two," Melvin said.

Regardless, Hudson won't play another game in 2008, and may have even played his last game in a D-backs uniform as his contract expires after the season.

Hudson is also ruled out for the postseason, should the D-backs make it that far, because the recovery process takes three months.

Hudson injured the wrist in the sixth inning of Saturday's game while attempting to snare an errant throw from pitcher Juan Cruz. His glove got caught on the stomach of Braves baserunner Brian McCann, and Hudson's hand bent back awkwardly as he fell.

Utility infielder Augie Ojeda will replace Hudson at second base for the rest of the season, as he did in 2007 when Hudson's season was ended in early September after he had surgery on a torn thumb ligament. Chris Burke will get occasional starts against left-handers.

Hudson, a three-time Gold Glove winner, had been one of the team's most consistent hitters. He was hitting .305 with eight homers and 41 RBIs on the season, with a .367 on-base percentage.

Mike Ritter is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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