Hudson a solid replacement at hot corner

Hudson a solid replacement at hot corner

Hudson a solid replacement at hot corner
LOS ANGELES -- Before he joined the White Sox on May 22, Orlando Hudson had played no Major League games as a third baseman.

In the Minors, he played 242 games at third base. But primarily, Hudson has been a second baseman throughout his career.

With third baseman Brent Morel out with a back injury, the White Sox needed a third baseman and Hudson has filled that void. Hudson had a .939 fielding percentage and had committed three errors in 21 games entering Saturday's contest.

"It's been OK," Hudson said. "[It's about] more repetition more than anything, but, wow, it's a lot different."

Hudson last played third base in 2001 in Triple-A.

"Not having played third base for 10 years, he's done a good job," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He's learning on the fly. He's more used to being in the middle of the field. There are times you can tell he feels uneasy, but he still makes his plays."

Hudson has been enjoying his time with the White Sox, after the Padres released him on May 17.

"The guys are great, great atmosphere," he said. "The chemistry in the clubhouse is unbelievable. We have fun. The coaching staff is good, a lot of guys who played the game. They understand how hard it is. They understand what we're going through because they've been through it already."