NEW YORK – Tim Hudson is out for the season with a broken right ankle, leaving the Atlanta Braves without the leader of their pitching staff as they make a push for the pennant.

The team said Hudson will have season-ending surgery in Atlanta once the swelling subsides. The right-hander was injured Wednesday night when Eric Young Jr. of the New York Mets inadvertently stepped on the back of Hudson’s lower right leg while the pitcher was covering first base.

Atlanta placed Hudson on the 15-day disabled list and recalled rookie left-hander Alex Wood from Triple-A Gwinnett.

YANKEES: The Chicago Cubs pulled Alfonso Soriano from Thursday’s lineup and Manager Dale Sveum said a trade to send the outfielder to New York was about “99 percent done.”

Soriano is hitting .254 with 17 home runs and 51 RBI. He is a seven-time All-Star and made his major league debut with the Yankees in 1999.

“He’s been there before and he’s performed in that atmosphere,” Sveum said.

Derek Jeter said he will be ready to play when eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday.

Jeter ran the bases before the Yankees’ series finale at Texas on Thursday. The shortstop has also been taking batting practice and grounders this week.

ROYALS: George Brett is stepping down as Kansas City’s interim hitting coach.

The Hall of Famer took the job May 30 with the Royals mired in an eight-game losing skid. He said he would do it for a month and wound up doing it for two.

He will return to his job as vice president of baseball operations for the Royals, the same job he’s had since retiring as a player following the 1993 season.

General Manager Dayton Moore said Brett did an incredible job.

MARLINS: Outfielder Marcell Ozuna will miss the rest of the season because of a left thumb injury.

The rookie was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Tuesday and was scheduled to undergo surgery Friday in Miami. He sustained the injury Monday making a diving catch in center.

PHILLIES: Philadelphia placed All-Star outfielder Domonic Brown on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Brown hit his head on the ground diving for Carlos Beltran’s triple in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s 4-1 loss at St. Louis.

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