White Sox place Morel on 15-day DL; Agree to terms with infielder Orlando Hudson

Prior to tonight’s game vs. Minnesota, the Chicago White Sox placed third baseman Brent Morel on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 18)  with a lumbar back strain and agreed to terms on a one-year contract with infielder Orlando Hudson covering the remainder of the 2012 season.

Hudson, 34, hit .211 (26-123) with five triples, one home run, 11 RBI, 11 runs scored and three stolen bases over 35 games with San Diego this season before his release on May 17.  He made 33 starts at second base. 

            The 6-foot, 190-pounder has appeared in 1,294 career games over 11 major-league seasons with Toronto (2002-05), Arizona (2006-08), Los Angeles-NL (2009), Minnesota (2010) and San Diego (2011-12).  He is batting .276 (1,292-4,688) with 63 triples, 91 home runs, 525 RBI, 638 runs scored and 82 stolen bases.  Hudson has appeared in 1,268 games at second base.

            The switch-hitter ranks eighth in baseball since 2001 with 63 triples and 10th among second basemen with a .986 (88 E/6,483 TC) fielding percentage.

            Hudson is a two-time National League All-Star (2007 and 2009) and four-time Rawlings Gold Glove ® winner (2005-07, 2009).  He is one of just nine second basemen in major-league history to win the award at least four times, joining Roberto Alomar, Ryne Sandberg, Bill Mazeroski, Frank White, Joe Morgan, Bobby Richardson, Craig Biggio, Bret Boone and Bobby Grich.

            Hudson, who will wear uniform No. 5, originally was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 33rd round of the 1996 First-Year Player Draft.

            With the move, the White Sox 40-man roster is at 38.

Morel, 25, has missed the White Sox last three games.  He is hitting .177 (20-113) with five RBI and 14 runs scored over 35 games this season.  Morel ranks third among American League third basemen with a .962 (3 E/79 TC) fielding percentage.

This is Morel’s first career stint on the disabled list.