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Dodgers' reliever Daniel Hudson likely suffers season-ending ACL injury

CBS Sports logo CBS Sports 6/25/2022 Dayn Perry
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 24: Daniel Hudson #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is helped off the field after an injury during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on June 24, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. © Provided by CBS Sports

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 24: Daniel Hudson #41 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is helped off the field after an injury during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on June 24, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Daniel Hudson has likely suffered a season-ending injury to the ACL in his left knee, manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Friday night following his team's 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. Hudson will undergo testing to confirm the preliminary diagnosis. 

"From everything I hear, it's ACL," Roberts told reporters of Hudson's injury. "... Obviously, it doesn't look good from all indications. ... Things can happen, but I don't see how it's not the end of his season."

Here are Roberts' remarks in full: 

Hudson, 35, appeared to suffer the injury after delivering a pitch to Ronald Acuña Jr. in the eighth inning of Friday night's game: 

 Afterward, Hudson had to be helped off the field by trainers: 

The veteran right-hander has been a major part of the Dodgers' bullpen this season, as he's pitched to a 2.22 ERA with 30 strikeouts and just five walks in 24 ⅓ innings while also showing strong ground-ball tendencies. The Dodgers signed Hudson this past offseason to a one-year, $7 million contract. 

The loss of Hudson is a serious blow to a Dodger bullpen that's been plagued by inconsistency from closer Craig Kimbrel and will be without the services of Blake Treinen until the second half because of shoulder woes. 

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