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Hudson: Never took physical with Nationals

Last February, the Nationals signed slugger Adam Dunn to a two-year $20 million deal, but reportedly bypassed second baseman Orlando Hudson because he didn’t pass a physical due to left wrist problems.

Not true, said Hudson recently at Nationals Park.    

Hudson, now a Dodgers second baseman, said he never took a physical with Washington. 

“[The Nationals] just read the reports about other teams reading about the physical,” Hudson said. “I never came to Washington [to take the physical]. I didn’t take a physical for anybody, not even [the Dodgers].”

Then-Nationals general manager Jim Bowden and current GM Mike Rizzo were not available for comment.  

Entering Wednesday’s action against the Nationals, Hudson is hitting .288 with nine home runs and 60 RBIs.      

Nats thinking about moving Guzman to second base

After the season is over, the Nationals are going to try to improve their middle infield defense. They would love to get second baseman Orlando Hudson if he becomes a free agent.

But the Nationals have a Plan B if they can’t get Hudson. The team is seriously thinking about moving Cristian Guzman from shortstop to second base and then try to find a defensive-oriented shortstop. Prospect Ian Desmond is a possibility to play shortstop in 2010.

Washington has been concerned about Guzman’s defense almost all season. They have been alarmed that Guzman is having a problems going to his left on groundballs.
Interim manager Jim Riggleman believes a foot injury has hampered his ability to go to his left.

“Looking back on it, I think that the problem that he has had with his foot has probably been there longer than [what we thought],” Riggleman said. “I think he has played with some discomfort. … I have to admire him. He has played through it.”        

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