- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 21, 2009

From combined dispatches

Orlando Hudson reached an agreement on a one-year, $3.8 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who plan to use the former All-Star to replace retired second baseman Jeff Kent.

The deal is contingent on Hudson’s passing a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Dodgers have not announced the agreement.

A three-time Gold Glove winner and .282 career hitter, Hudson had season-ending surgery on his left wrist during each of the past two years with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A-ROD: Major League Baseball investigators want to talk with Alex Rodriguez about his cousin and a trainer from the Dominican Republic.

The interviews were disclosed by a person familiar with their plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because MLB wasn’t confirming the meetings.

The New York Yankees star has said his cousin injected him from 2001 to 2003 with a banned substance obtained in the Dominican called “boli,” or Primobolan. The cousin was identified by ESPN.com as Yuri Sucart of Miami.

In addition, the Daily News said Angel Presinal, a Dominican trainer well-known throughout baseball, traveled with A-Rod and the cousin during the 2007 season. Presinal has been banned from entering baseball clubhouses.

Speaking at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., Rodriguez said he expected the meeting will be in the Tampa area. MLB would like to speak with him before he joins the Dominican team early next month for the World Baseball Classic.

RED SOX: Slugger David Ortiz was held out of spring training workouts for the second straight day with general soreness in his left shoulder.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Ortiz was much better than Thursday, when he slept on the shoulder awkwardly. Francona said Ortiz also is feeling the effects from throwing during fielding practice earlier in the week.

Francona said the soreness isn’t considered serious and won’t require an extensive exam. He said Ortiz has been working indoors.

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