Morgan wants Hudson to join Nats
Outfielder believes pair could wreak havoc at top of lineup
WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan said Thursday that he would love to have free-agent second baseman Orlando Hudson as a teammate.
Morgan, Washington's leadoff hitter, would be happy to see him and Hudson hit back-to-back in the starting lineup and wreak havoc on opposing pitchers.
"Oh, my god. That would be a nasty dynamic duo," Morgan said via telephone. "He has the experience. I'm going to see that and feed off of it."
But Hudson would do more than hit second in the order, according to Morgan.
"I would learn so much from the guy. He brings more energy than I bring," Morgan said. "For him contributing to what we are doing here would be so great. He would fit right in to what we are trying to put together.
"His veteran leadership is amazing. He comes to the ballpark ready to work hard every day. He is basically what every team wants and needs. He is a Gold Glove second baseman. He will help us out in the National League East. If this happens, we are going to be something. You are going to see a different Nats team in 2010."
As for Morgan, he is already at the Nationals' Spring Training complex in Viera, Fla. He is swinging the bat without any problems, proving that his left hand is 100 percent.
Morgan suffered a broken hand sliding headfirst into third base against the Cubs on Aug. 27. At first, Morgan thought he dislocated his fingers and figured he would stay in the game. But he realized the injury was worse when he couldn't grip a bat.
Morgan had hand surgery two days later and missed the rest of the season. The hand injury cut short a season that had taken off once Morgan came to the Nationals in a trade from Pittsburgh on June 30. Morgan hit .351 with one homer, 12 RBIs and 24 steals for Washington. The team finished 13-21 during his absence.
"The hand is good," Morgan said. "It's the most excited I've been since I went to my first big league camp. I'm very happy to be here. I'm so fired up about the 2010 season and what we have and what [general manager Mike] Rizzo just did."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.