Atlanta Braves pitcher's gruesome break

An American Major League Baseball player was left writhing in agony when another player stepped on his leg and broke his ankle as he stretched to make first base.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson's leg bent back as New York Mets left fielder, Eric Young Jr, raced into him.

Graphic video footage shows Hudson crumpling to the ground moments after the incident, then being carted off the field.

Young returned to shake the immobilised Hudson's hand before he was taken away.

The Braves said the ankle was fractured, and will be operated on once swelling has gone down. 

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