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.

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.