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Orlando Hudson will play third for White Sox

The Sox pose with BP Cup as pitching coach DCooper holds up jersey memory KevHickey. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

The Sox pose with the BP Cup as pitching coach Don Cooper holds up a jersey in memory of Kevin Hickey. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: July 1, 2012 12:46PM



Orlando Hudson likely will be in uniform for the White Sox when they open a three-game series Tuesday against the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. Third baseman Brent Morel likely is headed to the disabled list.

“I think so, unless [trainer] Herm [ Schneider] says different,’’ manager Robin Ventura said Sunday. “Right now, it looks that way.’’

Hudson, 34, a four-time Gold Glove second baseman and two-time All-Star, hasn’t played at third base in the majors. He played a lot of third in the minors. There’s no talk of moving second baseman Gordon Beckham back to third base, where he played as a rookie.

“That’s probably more of where he would play with Gordon being at second,’’ Ventura said. “He might be able to fill in there later, give [Beckham] a day off here and there.’’

Ventura said he’ll keep Beckham batting second and would use Hudson toward the bottom of the order. Hudson was batting .211 with one home run when the Padres released him Thursday.

“Plays hard, good defense, good at-bats,’’ Ventura said when asked for his book on ‘‘O-Dog.’’ “There’s a lot of guys who like playing with him.’’

Konerko update

Paul Konerko should be ready to play Tuesday. He played catch, took some swings and did some running in the outfield but needed a day or two more.

“You don’t want to put a guy out there that can’t fully see [because of swelling near his left eye],’’ Ventura said. “He can do everything physically, but you don’t want to put him out there in that situation.’’

Learning on the job

Chris Sale, with an assist from conditioning coordinator Allen Thomas, has added forearm exercises to his daily routine after missing a start with a tender left elbow.

Sale was sharp when he returned to the rotation, striking out seven and allowing a run in 51/3 innings Thursday against the Angels.

“That was the best I’ve felt all year,’’ Sale said. “I felt locked in and ready to go.

‘‘Physically, I’m getting better, working out with [Thomas], strengthening the muscles around [the elbow area], and it’s been working out great.’’

More on Hickey

Visitation for former Sox pregame instructor Kevin Hickey is from 3-9 p.m. Monday at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home, 7861 S. 88th in Justice. The funeral mass is Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Old St. Pat’s Church, 700 W. Adams.

“That’s the reality of life,’’ Ventura said of Hickey’s passing at 56. “How hard it’s been all year. It started with our workout on Opening Day [when Hickey was found unresponsive in the team hotel], and it’s tough. He’s missed. He was a joy to be around. He was fun, a White Sox guy through and through.

“Those are things we deal with off the field. When you’re playing, you’re playing. Off the field, you think about him. His locker is there; his jersey is still hanging in the dugout.’’

The Sox posed on the field with a Hickey jersey and the BP Cup after sweeping the series against the Cubs.



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