Baseball: Hudson breaks ankle against Mets

Starting pitcher Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves

NEW YORK CITY - Atlanta star pitcher Tim Hudson broke his ankle and was left wincing in pain after a clash at first base during the Braves 8-2 victory over the New York Mets Wednesday.

Hudson left the field in the eighth inning on a stretcher after being flattened when he was stepped on by Eric Young who was trying to beat out a throw.

Young hit a sharp grounder that went off the chest of first baseman Freddie Freeman, leaving Hudson racing to the base to receive the throw when he placed his foot on the bag and a charging Young then stepped on his ankle.

The pitcher crumpled to the ground in obvious pain. Before Hudson was taken off the field, Young came over to apologize.

The Braves said Hudson would have surgery in Atlanta when swelling goes down. No timetable was given for his recovery.

Hudson was working on a four-hit shutout when he was hurt. He struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings to help record the win for the Braves.