Orlando Hudson leaves game with strained left groin

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Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson removed himself from Wednesday’s series finale against the Cardinals moments ago after appearing to aggravate his once-strained right hamstring.

Hudson managed an infield single on a hot shot to third base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but he tweaked something just before landing safely on the first base bag. O-Dog immediately headed for the Padres’ dugout, then threw off his batting helmet as he hobbled down the clubhouse steps.

Hudson spent two weeks on the disabled list earlier this month with a strain of his right hamstring. He was just activated on May 19, in fact, and was making just his 34th start of the season Wednesday night.

Alberto Gonzalez stepped in to play second base in Hudson’s absence and could be asked to begin making regular starts there soon. The Padres do not have much in the way of organizational infield depth.

UPDATE: Scratch all that hamstring talk. According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Hudson has been diagnosed with a left groin strain. It seems likely that he will land on the 15-day disabled list.

Giants nearing deal with Cameron Maybin

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The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.

Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.

The Giants’ outfield has been largely depleted of any kind of consistent talent lately, especially taking into account the recent departures of Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, and Gorkys Hernández. Even with the acquisition of, say, All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper, there’s nothing standing in the way of Maybin and fellow veteran signee Gerardo Parra grabbing hold of full- or part-time roles this year, though they’ll need to outperform candidates like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Drew Ferguson, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Craig Gentry, Mike Gerber, and others first.

In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.