Ventura: Orlando Hudson coming

Updated: May 20, 2012, 4:45 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox third baseman Brent Morel is likely headed to the disabled list due to a bulging disk in his back and will be replaced by soon-to-be acquired Orlando Hudson, manager Robin Ventura said Sunday.

Morel sat out the White Sox's games with the Chicago Cubs this weekend due to tightness in his lower back. Morel has 20 hits in 113 at-bats and has a .177 average this season.

The 34-year-old Hudson was released from his contract by the San Diego Padres on Thursday. He signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Padres before the 2011 season. He was hitting .211 with one home run and 11 RBIs.

Hudson's signing with the White Sox has not been officially announced, but ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine reported Saturday they had agreed to terms, according to a major league source.

Ventura anticipates that Hudson will play second base and third base for the White Sox. Ventura thought Hudson would arrive Tuesday for the team's home series against the Minnesota Twins.

"(Third base is) probably more of where he would play with Gordon (Beckham) being at second," Ventura said. "He might be able to fill in there later, give (Beckham) a day off here or there."

Hudson has played second base throughout his career and has won four Golden Gloves at the position. He was an All-Star in 2007 and 2009. He is also a switch-hitter and has a career .276 average and .343 on-base percentage.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.