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Macha uncertain where he'll play Lopez

Macha uncertain where he'll play Lopez

PITTSBURGH -- Felipe Lopez may have missed his initial flight from St. Louis to Pittsburgh, but a rain delay turned out to be the perfect solution.

The Brewers' newly-acquired infielder from Arizona was originally out of Monday's starting lineup, but Mother Nature gave enough time for him to re-enter at the top of the lineup -- a spot he figures to frequent for his new club -- and at second base.

With Lopez's addition, Craig Counsell moved to No. 2 in the order and to third base. Mike Cameron, who was at second in the order, dropped to No. 5.

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Lopez started at second for the D-backs in 80 games this season, but where he's situated doesn't appear to be too much of a concern.

"It doesn't matter to me, as long as I'm in the lineup, I'll pitch if I have to," Lopez said.

Lopez was acquired from the D-backs on Sunday in exchange for Minor League outfielder Cole Gillespie and second baseman Roque Mercedes.

With Lopez's addition, third baseman Mat Gamel was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Gamel was hitting .239 with four home runs and 16 RBIs for the Brewers.

Macha envisions Lopez being in the leadoff spot a lot. Lopez hit first in Arizona's lineup for 79 games, batting .305 with a .368 on-base percentage. His total on-base percentage sits at .364 entering Monday, which is .025 higher than Milwaukee's team average.

Besides No. 3 hitter Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder at cleanup, Macha said the rest of the lineup placement comes down to performance, adding some of it comes down to who's hot at the time.

Macha was especially focused on the fifth slot. McGehee was placed there for Monday's game.

"If guys want to hit fifth, step up, start bopping in runs and they can be stabilized. They can stabilize their own position -- I'm ready for that," Macha said with a chuckle.

Wayne Staats is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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