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Lopez slipping out of favor with Brewers

Lopez slipping out of favor with Brewers

Lopez slipping out of favor with Brewers
NEW YORK -- The Brewers acquired Felipe Lopez from the Rays last month hoping he'd revert to the player who batted .320 for Milwaukee in the second half of 2009. That would have made him a solid fill-in for injured second baseman Rickie Weeks, sidelined by a left ankle injury.

Instead, Lopez entered Saturday's game at Citi Field with a .186 Brewers batting average and a spot on the bench, despite good success (6-for-14) against Mets starter Chris Capuano.

Craig Counsell, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Josh Wilson have been starting at second base over Lopez, partly because they provide plus defense. Wilson got the nod on Saturday for his first career at-bats against Capuano.

"It's not like [Lopez] is in the doghouse -- it's just production," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I was hoping that he would go off. Now, I'm trying to find somebody else who will get hot."

He did not.

"I was hoping when he came over, that basically, he was going to do offensively what he did [two] years ago," Roenicke said. "That's why I played him so many games in a row, because I wanted to see if he was going to swing it again. And he didn't. I don't want to say he won't get another opportunity, but that's really what we had him there to do."

Lopez could be in danger of losing his spot. The Brewers will have to make a roster move on Monday, when left-hander Chris Narveson is expected to return from the disabled list to pitch in a doubleheader against the Pirates. If the Brewers opt to keep an extra pitcher, then a position player would have to be sent out.

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