CHICAGO -- The arrival of Orlando Hudson to Chicago could come Tuesday, after the switch-hitting second baseman agreed to terms with the White Sox following his Thursday release by the Padres. Hudson, 34, will back up Gordon Beckham at second base, but could be part of the mix-and match at third base if Brent Morel's back injury forces him to go on the disabled list.
One problem for Hudson and possibly the White Sox is that he has never played third base at the Major League level and hasn't played third since 2001, while he was playing for Triple-A Syracuse when he was with the Blue Jays. But White Sox manager Robin Ventura still sees Hudson in the third-base mix.
"That's probably more of where he would play with Gordon being at second," said Ventura of Hudson, who has played 242 Minor League games at third. "He might be able to fill in [at second] later, give [Beckham] a day off here and there."
Hudson will be playing for his fifth team since 2008, but brings with him a reputation of playing hard, with good defense and good at-bats.
"There's a lot of guys who like playing with him," Ventura said.
Morel looks almost certain to be headed to the DL, as the third baseman missed his third straight game with back pain from a bulging disc and moved gingerly around the clubhouse prior to Sunday's series finale at Wrigley.
"Yeah, probably, I think so, unless [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] says different," said Ventura of Morel. "Right now, it looks that way."