Sox Drawer: Hudson ready for the hot corner

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Sox Drawer: Hudson ready for the hot corner

Its been over a decade since Orlando Hudson has played third base. 2001 to be exact at Triple-A Syracuse. Yep, a long time ago.

But when the White Sox had the chance to add the veteran second baseman and 4-time Gold Glove winner, who is ready and willing to play the hot corner, they jumped at the chance.

How quickly?

As soon as the league allowed me to, general manager Kenny Williams said Tuesday.

Hudson takes the roster spot of Brent Morel, placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained back. Rookie Eduardo Escobar starts at third base Tuesday night against the Twins, but expect to see Hudson get his fair share of shots there until Morel comes back. Hell also back-up Gordon Beckham at his usual position, second base.

Beckham made the switch from third to second. Can Hudson easily make the transition from second to third?

A ground ball is a ground ball, but it definitely comes a little harder down at third base, Hudson said. Im not going to sit here and say Im going to make every play. After the game you might be like, What are you doing booting that ball that ends up losing the game? But Im human. It happens. Its baseball.

Hudson reminded reporters that Alex Rodriguez, Cal Ripken Jr., and Omar Vizquel all moved over to third base later in their careers. Hudson is prepared to do the same. He took ground balls there during batting practice. Plus, he gives Robin Ventura a switch-hitter to add into the mix.

Hudson had the chance to start right away for another team, but preferred the opportunity with the White Sox. The former Twin knows the franchise, Williams has been after him before, and hes friends with many guys in the clubhouse.

I played with Jesse Crain. Adam Dunn and I have known each other since he first signed. I came up with Alex Rios in Toronto. Its like homegrown here.

Hudson batted just .211 with the Padres, but is tied for the major league lead with five triples. Last season he stole a career-high 19 bases.

A reporter asked, Do you still have wheels?

I dont know, he replied. You want to race a little bit?

He clearly has a sense of humor, plus a love for the game.

I go out there to have fun, Hudson said. Were blessed to play a kids game and make money. So why not go out and enjoy the blessing that God gave you. Ill bring that energy everyday.

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White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana was pleased with his final warmup before Opening Day.

The White Sox Opening Day starter threw 48 pitches (30 strikes) against a Milwaukee Brewers minor league team at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Quintana allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out three in three-plus innings. He next pitches at home on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

"I finished my preparation on a high note," Quintana said. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation.

"I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

A tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday suggested Quintana will start the season as a member of the White Sox despite myriad rumors. Nightengale noted that the Houston Astros refuse budge on what they're willing to pay for the 2016 All-Star. The White Sox have also held firm on their asking price and haven't been motivated by any of the offers they've received to move Quintana.

The team reduced the number of players still in camp to 34 on Tuesday with the trade of Peter Bourjos and by cutting nonroster invitees Cory Luebke and Matt Purke. Luebke, who has been sidelined for six days after he tweaked his hamstring, finished the spring with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. He can opt out of his minor-league deal in May. Purke struck out eight in eight innings and finished with a 2.25 ERA. 

Both had been in the mix for one of two open bullpen spots.

Fellow reliever Jake Petricka looked much calmer on Tuesday than he did after taking a comebacker off his hand Monday. X-rays were negative and Petricka played catch. He hopes to pitch as scheduled this weekend in Milwaukee. 

"This is just one of those you do everything you can do to stay healthy, and its part of the game you can't control," Petricka said. "You never want that to happen, especially this late in camp. "But we dodged a bullet and we're good to go."

The White Sox also had a close call with second baseman Tyler Saladino, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist in minor league action on Monday. Saladino received treatment and could return to action on Wednesday.

"He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," Renteria said.

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Renteria said reliever Juan Minaya is improving but still likely to start the season on the DL. Minaya suffered an abdominal tear in mid-March. 

"He has been improving solidly and responding to the treatments," Renteria said.

Yolmer Sanchez went 2-for-2 with an RBI and scored a run in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Surprise, Ariz. 

Michael Ynoa allowed an unearned run and a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. 

Zack Burdi struck out three in a scoreless inning.