The Dodgers pitching team may have taken another major blow Friday night.
In the eighth inning of the team’s 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves, assist Daniel Hudson suffered a potentially season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury, manager Dave Roberts said, after his left knee buckled when he moved to catch a forward ground ball hill.
While the team won’t have an official diagnosis until Hudson receives scans of his knee later this weekend, Roberts said the early hint of a manual exam indicated the ligament was torn, effectively ending his season.
“It’s not looking good,” Roberts said. “Things can happen but I just don’t see how it shouldn’t be the end of his season. So it’s potentially a big loss for us.”
Hudson was one of the Dodgers’ most dependable assists and entered Friday with a 2.25 ERA.
“Not having him with us has an exponential effect on our ball club,” Roberts said. “But we must move forward.”
Roberts said after the game he spoke briefly with Hudson, who appeared to be in significant pain on the field and had to be taken back to the clubhouse.
“I tried to comfort him a bit,” Roberts said. “[He was] obviously emotional. So, you know, it wasn’t a big conversation.”
The 35-year-old Hudson, who signed with the Dodgers during the offseason and served as a de facto setup man to bring stability to a bullpen already missing Blake Treinen and Tommy Kahnle through long-term injuries, received inconsistent performances from closer Craig Kimbrel and relies on inexperienced throwers.
Roberts said it was too early to know how the Dodgers would handle setup situations in Hudson’s absence.
“We have some good candidates,” he said. “But the boys will get some opportunities to fill that void.”
Heaney goes back to IL
The Dodgers announced more bad news for their pitching team ahead of Friday’s game, putting Andrew Heaney on the injured list for a re-injured left shoulder.
After Heaney missed two months with a left shoulder infection, Roberts said the left-hander pulled his shoulder after a bullpen session Thursday. Heaney will be suspended from pitching for a few days, according to Roberts, but the team is hoping he doesn’t face another long absence.
“I don’t think it’s going to be long,” Roberts said, adding that Heaney might just miss a few starts.
Roberts said Mitch White will start Saturday in place of Heaney. Reliever Reyes Moronta was recalled Friday in a related roster change.
Heaney, a free agent signed last winter, has only made three starts for the Dodgers. He started the season with consecutive goalless games before making his first move to the IL in mid-April.
He returned to the mound on Sunday against the Cleveland Guardians, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, in a five-inning, 77-pitch start, making no decision on the Dodgers’ loss.
However, during his bullpen session Thursday, Heaney “felt some pain, pain in his shoulder,” Roberts said, adding that while the strain is the same injury that handicapped the pitcher earlier this season, the team doesn’t believe that flare-up is just as intense.
“It’s a little bit worrying, a little bit frustrating, more for Andrew because he’s done a lot to get back to that point,” Roberts said. “But that’s exactly where we are. So now it’s our job and his to do whatever it takes to get him back on the hill as soon as possible.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-06-24/dodgers-fear-daniel-hudson-done-season-andrew-heaney-goes-on-il Dodgers’ Daniel Hudson injures ACL; Andrew Heaney goes on IL