SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Tim Hudson will not make his next scheduled start because of a left hip strain that he suffered against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Manager Bruce Bochy said that Hudson felt tightness in his hip during that game last Sunday, but Hudson loosened up well enough to keep pitching.

Bochy finally removed Hudson from the game after six innings, and 78 pitches, as a precautionary measure.

"I'm glad we did," Bochy said.

Yusmeiro Petit will start Friday night against the Miami Marlins in Hudson's place, Bochy said. Earlier this season, Petit started two games in place of injured starter Matt Cain.

Hudson, 38, has started eight games in his first season with the Giants. He is 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA. He started at least 21 games in all but one of his first 15 seasons in the majors.

"We think he'll be fine to make the next start," Bochy said, "if we do give him a few extra days here."

Hudson jogged in the outfield during batting practice and appeared to be moving around fine.

Petit collected a win and a no-decision in his two starts this season. Overall, he is 2-1 with a 4.85 ERA.

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