Chicago White Sox Notes: Hudson, Morel, Viciedo
The Chicago White Sox have signed second baseman Orlando Hudson after he was released by the San Diego Padres. The move gives the White Sox flexibility in the infield. The 34-year-old Hudson hit .211/.260/.317 in 35 games with San Diego this season, he did have 5 triples on the season.
With Gordon Beckham finally starting to hit, Hudson may be called on to play some 3rd base. He hasn’t played third at the major league level, but did come up through the Toronto Blue Jay system as a third baseman. Hudson is the ideal number two hitter in any lineup. He would force Gordon Beckham back down to the bottom of the lineup giving the bottom third a much needed boost if he continues to hit like he has been lately. Adding Hudson, who is a switch hitter, to the top of the lineup with Alejandro De Aza would give the White Sox a good amount of speed at the top in front of Dunn and Konerko.
Manager Robin Ventura said that Brent Morel will likely be placed on the disabled list. Morel has been have problems with his back and he said he felt great after getting a cortisone shot a while back, but then it flared back up after he played a few games.
Dayan Viciedo has been on a complete tear his last 23 at bats, hitting .478/.478/1.000 in that span with 4 home runs and 10 RBI. He only struck out 2 times over that span which is great to see. He was hitting .196 on May 13th and finished yesterday’s game at .248.
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