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Dodgers News: Daniel Hudson Heading to Injured List with Knee Injury

The Dodgers were hit by the ever present injury bug yet again, and this time it’s particularly painful news for LA fans.

Daniel Hudson will be going on the injured list after closing out Wednesday’s 6-4 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hudson made a triumphant return to the closer role less than 24 hours ago, getting out of a bases loaded, nobody out jam in the 9th to seal a dramatic comeback victory for his team.

It was his first save opportunity since he tore his ACL last July, and it was the highest of all highs for the 36 year old. He was emotional following the game and commented that it was “special” for him to get his first save in almost 400 days.

Unfortunately for Hudson and the Dodgers, it’s a return to what has become all too familiar territory for him as he’ll try to make another return from a rather significant injury.

Perhaps the only silver lining for him is that it’s a sprained MCL as opposed to a tear, but it figures that he’ll miss substantial time. Given that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was planning to slowly ease Hudson back into game action, this is an unfortunate setback to see especially given the circumstances.

The righty was expected to play a bigger role in the bullpen as he progressed given his standout first season in LA where he recorded a 2.22 ERA, but it looks like Wednesday’s save may be his last notable appearance for a while.

Baseball can be a cruel game by itself, injuries notwithstanding, but when a player like Hudson is affected by another injury so soon after making his return, that’s especially sad to see.

Hopefully his recovery goes well and he can be back on the mound sooner rather than later.

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Matt Wagner

Matt Wagner was born and raised in southern California, and he lived there before moving to Colorado and getting his B.A. in Communications from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2022. He relocated back to southern California in 2023 and is looking forward to covering the Dodgers again here at Dodgers Nation. Some of his past work is in Bleacher Report, Dodgers Tailgate, and, most recently, Colorado Buffaloes Wire. Aside from writing, you can probably catch him petting the nearest dog or eating some good Mexican food.

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