Lopez joins Brewers, starts tonight

The Brewers appear to have hadi a huge change of heart in the 24 hours after buying infielder Felipe Lopez from the Rays. Instead of having him report to Triple-A Nashville, the Brewers brought Lopez directly to Milwaukee, and he’s in tonight’s starting lineup against the Astros as the No. 5 hitter.

Eric Farris was optioned back to Nashville after spending only one day with the Brewers. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in his Major League debut Thursday afternoon.

So, Lopez is a much more immediate replacement for injured second baseman Rickie Weeks than Brewers officials initially let on. He was a terrific bat for Milwaukee during the second half of 2009, and was hitting again this season for Tampa Bay’s Triple-A affiliate. But he did not hit in two stints with the big-league Rays, going 21-for-97 (.216).

The initial guess, even from inside the Brewers’ clubhouse, was that general manager Doug Melvin had acquired Lopez in a cash deal with the Rays as insurance, in case he was not able to acquire any other middle infielders before Sunday’s nonwaiver trade deadline. Is this change in plans a sign that Melvin considers the price for players like Jamey Carroll of the Dodgers too high? Or was this the plan all along? We will ask tonight.

He’s a switch-hitter, so Lopez will presumably push Craig Counsell back into a reserve role. Counsell’s hitless streak extended to 0-for-41 yesterday, one out shy of pitcher Doug Davis’ dubious franchise record.

Here’s the full lineup:

Corey Hart RF
Nyjer Morgan CF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Felipe Lopez 2B
Casey McGehee 3B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
George Kottaras C
Randy Wolf LHP

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6 Comments

release counsell bring farris back up. counsel has been completly horrible. give farris a shot

save Farris.

sorry, I couldn’t resist

Bring Mat Gamel up. Get Grilli from pittsburgh

No offense mate, but why would Pitt trade to someone they are battling for division

buehlerr????? Buehler????
BUEHLER???

He’s one righteous dude.

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