Three-time Gold Glove shortstop Rey Ordonez agreed to a minor league contract with the Cubs yesterday, one week after Alex Gonzalez broke a bone in his right wrist.
Ordonez, 33, had just 117 at-bats last season, hitting .316 with three homers and 22 RBI for Tampa Bay in his first season after leaving the Mets, his team from 1996 to 2002.
He went to spring training with San Diego, then left camp March 20, handing the shortstop job to rookie Khalil Greene. Gonzalez will be out six to eight weeks after he was struck by the ball during a checked swing on a pitch from Arizona's Mike Koplove.
Ordonez won Gold Gloves from 1997-1999 and holds six NL fielding records, including most consecutive errorless games by a shortstop in one season (100 in 1999) and fewest errors by a shortstop in one season (four in 1999). . . . Cubs ace Kerry Wood is expected to miss his next scheduled start because of tendinitis, but tests found no tears in the all-star's triceps.
* MOVES: The Red Sox recalled RHP Jamie Brown from Class AAA Pawtucket to take the place of Byung Hyun Kim on the roster. . . . The Tigers placed 2B Fernando Vina (right hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of IF Jason Smith from Class AAA Toledo. . . . The Diamondbacks sent struggling RHP Elmer Dessens to the bullpen and will activate Casey Fossum to join the rotation.
-- From News Services