Team signs Lima, Hernandez

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgerssecond baseman Alex Cora broke his
right arm playing in the Puerto Rican winter league and was expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.

The Dodgers also announced they had signed pitcher Jose Lima and infielder Jose Hernandez to minor league contracts.

Cora was injured sliding into second base trying to break up a
double play Sunday while playing for Caguas, Los Angeles spokesman
John Olguin said Tuesday.

"We hope he'll be ready to go by early March," Olguin said.

The Dodgers report to spring training Feb. 18 in Vero Beach,

The 28-year-old Cora played in a career-high 148 games last
season, hitting .249 with four homers and a career-high 34 RBIs. He
played in 115 games in 2002, hitting a career-best .291 with five
homers and 28 RBIs.

Cora has a .241 average in 546 big league games, all with the

Lima and Hernandez were invited to spring training. Lima would
gets a $900,000, one-year contract if added to the roster and the
chance to earn $600,000 more in performance bonuses. Hernandez
would get an $850,000, one-year deal.

Lima, 31, was 8-3 in 14 starts for the Kansas City Royals last
season, winning his first seven decisions and earning AL pitcher of
the month honors for July when he was 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA in five

The right-hander began the season pitching for the independent
Newark Bears, where he was 6-1 with a 2.33 ERA. He signed a minor
league contract with the Royals on June 11.

Lima has a 71-77 record with a 5.13 ERA while pitching in 276 games for Detroit, Houstonand Kansas City. His best year was in
1999 when he went 21-10 for the Astros.

Hernandez, 34, played in 150 games for Colorado, the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburghlast season, hitting .225 with 13 homers and 57 RBIs.

Hernandez has played with seven different teams in 12 big-league seasons and hit 146 career homers. He was an NL All-Star in 2002, hitting .288 with 24 homers and 73 RBIs in 152 games for the
Milwaukee Brewers.