Is Lopez playing hurt?
Brewers manager Ken Macha seemed a bit baffled by the two ground balls that eluded second baseman Felipe Lopez in Tuesday’s 13-6 loss to the Padres at Miller Park, and Lopez, who has otherwise been excellent since a trade from Arizona to Milwaukee last month, didn’t provide any clarity. Asked by a reporter whether he would answer a question, Lopez simply pointed toward the clubhouse dining room and then walked that way. A team spokesman followed, but Lopez declined to talk to reporters.
So what happened? Is Lopez, who has had hamstring issues this year, playing hurt? Or did he just have a bad night?
Macha wasn’t sure, but said Lopez appeared “disturbed” when he couldn’t get to an Adrian Gonzalez hit in the fifth inning with the teams were tied at 2. Lopez broke to his right and was only a step away from the ball when it bounced past him into center field.
“The fans kind of reacted to that,” Macha said. “I think he was a little disturbed he didn’t get that, either. … I didn’t ask him. He appeared to be disturbed when the ball went through to center field. Maybe he didn’t think he had a chance for it, and then when he got closer to it, he laid up a little bit and realized he did have a chance for it.”
Lopez broke to his left in the first inning for a Chase Headley hit that got through. He didn’t attempt to dive for that hit, either.
Lopez has battled injuries to both hamstrings this season. Are they the issue?
“Not that I’m aware of,” Macha said.