10/06/2003 5:19 PM ET
Hudson dismisses bar fight report
Hurler says injury suffered in Game 4, not in a bar
OAKLAND -- The A's had enough on their hands when day broke Monday. First and foremost on their minds was a date with well-rested Pedro Martinez and the revitalized Boston Red Sox in Game 5 of the American League Division Series.
By Mychael Urban / MLB.com
But as the day went on, an unnamed-sources story was making the rounds. It started with an article in The San Francisco Chronicle, which raised the possibility that Sunday's starter, Tim Hudson, who had left Game 4 because of a strained oblique muscle before the second inning, may have been injured Friday night in bar fight.
After Monday's game, Hudson light-heartedly confirmed the details of the incident.
"Y'all got me made out to be a bare-knuckle champion," he said, laughing. " It was just a small verbal altercation that resulted in a little bit of finger-pointing and a couple of shoves, that's about it.
"There was an altercation, I'm not denying that at all. But the fact that it happened to Tim Hudson blew it up to a scale where everybody thinks I was bear-wrassling the bouncers and handling eight men and getting in a melee," he added.
Hudson insisted that the incident had nothing to do with the left oblique strain he suffered in Game 4.
"Nothing to do with that. I know that's what everybody was trying to get at. It had nothing to do with that," he said.
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. Kent Schacht, a reporter for MLB.com contributed to this story, which was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.