Tim Hudson, the standout Atlanta Braves pitcher, broke his right ankle while covering first base against the New York Mets Wednesday night.

Hudson, 38, was having one of his best starts in recent memory, holding onto a shutout in the eighth inning of play. The Mets Eric Young Jr. hit a grounder and was making his way to first. Covering the base, Hudson had one foot on while waiting for the toss to come in. Speeding down the baseline, Young was unable to alter his stride, and landed squarely on Hudson's exposed ankle.

After the play, Young immediately turned around to check on Hudson, who was on the ground in obvious pain. He was soon carted off the field on a stretcher and underwent X-Rays at Citi Field. Once the swelling goes down, he’ll undergo surgery to repair the damage. It’s unclear when he’ll be able to return to the pitcher’s mound.

Hudson’s injury could very well affect the Braves’ trajectory this season. The veteran pitcher has been on top of his game lately and has proven himself to be one of the team’s most dependable throwers. “It’s terrible,” Braves second baseman Dan Uggla told CBS News. “That’s a big blow.”

Despite Hudson’s injury, the Braves went on to defeat the Mets 8-2, keeping their spot at the top of the NL East.

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