Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a broken ankle in Wednesday's game against the New York Mets. 

The injury means the Braves will be without the pitching staff leader as they continue to pursue the pennant. 

Atlanta say Hudson will undergo surgery in Atlanta after the swelling lessens, keeping him out for the remainder of the season. 

The pitcher suffered the ankle break when Eric Young Jr. accidentally stepped on the back of his right leg while Hudson was covering first base. 

Hudson has been placed on the 15-day disable list by the Braves, who have recalled Alex Wood from Triple-A Gwinnett in order to start him against the Mets. 

Woods was due to replace pitcher Paul Maholm, who is out with a bruised left wrist. 

Despite the injury, Atlanta managed to secure victory as they defeated the Mets 8-2.

The Braves sit top of the East National League, eights games ahead of second place Philadelphia.

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