Padres INF Hudson out with bruised knee

San Diego second baseman Orlando Hudson likely will be out for a

few games after fouling a pitch off his left knee in the series

opener against Seattle.

Padres manager Bud Black says Hudson is sore but likely only

needs a couple days off and won’t need an extended stint on the

disabled list.

Hudson was injured in the second inning Friday night when he

fouled Jason Vargas’ pitch off his leg. He had to be helped off the

field and was replaced on Alberto Gonzalez at second base.

Gonzalez was in the starting lineup on Saturday night and

batting ninth.

Hudson is hitting .232 in 47 games for the Padres. He’s missed

35 games already this season on the disabled list, first with a

strained hamstring and later with a groin strain.