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Updated: May 30th, 2010 11:12pm
Orlando Hudson hurts wrist in collision with Denard Span

Orlando Hudson hurts wrist in collision with Denard Span

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sunday night's 6-3 win over the Rangers came to a bittersweet end when 2B Orlando Hudson injured his left wrist/hand after colliding with CF Denard Span on the game's final play.

Hudson, who has been a major catalyst for the Twins this season, went in for X-rays after the game, but he did not talk to reporters, and results were not immediately available.

This is the same left wrist/hand Hudson dislocated and fractured in August of 2008.

"We'll probably know more tomorrow, where we can give you updates, but right now it's all got to be checked out," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's pretty sore."

With two outs and runners on second and third, Vladimir Guerrero hit a fly ball to shallow centerfield off Jon Rauch. Span ran in and appeared to wave off Hudson, who was sprinting out with his head turned toward the infield. Span made a basket catch, and the two players immediately crashed into each other.

Hudson writhed in pain on the ground as the entire Twins bench ran out to his aid. Replays showed the two bumping legs, but Hudson actually injured his wrist on the play.

"I was playing no doubles, so I was playing real deep for Vladimir, and as soon as the ball was hit I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get to it," Span said. "Once I started sprinting in, I started to realize that the ball was getting closer to me. But I was running too hard, and I saw Orlando running after the ball... I kind of gave him a gesture, trying to, as I was running, put my hand up to him (saying), 'I got it, stop, stop running.'

"I thought he started to veer off as I got closer, but he definitely was running just as hard as I was, so he obviously didn't see me (waving him off). He definitely got the worst of the collision."

Span, who was dealt a blow to his groin, said he's "a little sore," and "burning" a little bit, but he should be fine.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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