Tim Hudson Placed on 15-day DL

<b>Updated</b><br> The Oakland A's announced on Saturday that righthander Tim Hudson was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to his last start on June 23.

Hudson, the A's number one starter, has a 7-3 record and a 2.98 ERA. He was roughed up in his last start, giving up 5 runs in 5 innings against the Anaheim Angels. The A's stated that Hudson has a strained left oblique muscle. Hudson had the same injury during each of the past two playoff series. Mark Redman, who was scheduled to start on Tuesday, took Hudson's place as the starting pitcher on Sunday.

Newly recalled starter Kirk Saarloos may take Hudson's place during his next turn in the rotation, which will likely come on Saturday, July 3 versus the Giants. Saarloos was acquired by the A's from the Houston Astros for Chad Harville. Saarloos was the first member of the 2001 draft to make the big leagues. He has an 8-8 career record in the major leagues, all with Houston.

Saturday's starter Rich Harden was pulled from his start early due to a partially separated non-throwing shoulder he suffered when he landed on it on a wild throw to firstbase. It appears that Harden will not have to miss his Thursday start, but is likely to undergo surgery on the shoulder in the off-season. This is the third time this season that Harden has had such an injury.

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