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June 13, 2007 at 3:47 PM

Terrible news for Lopez

Some very sad news was delivered to Mariners second baseman Jose Lopez today when he was told his brother had died in a traffic accident in Venezuela. Lopez is still going to play in tonight’s game. His family has told him he wouldn’t be able to make it home in time for the funeral and wants him to stay with the team and keep playing.
Several Mariners went up to Lopez to offer condolences in the clubhouse, including closer J.J. Putz, who wrapped him in a huge hug.
We’ll give you more details as they become available.
Here are tonight’s lineups:
CHICAGO
LF Alfonso Soriano
CF Felix Pie
1B Derrek Lee
RF Cliff Floyd
3B Mark DeRosa
SS Ryan Theriot
2B Mike Fontenot
C Koyie Hill
LHP Sean Marshall
SEATTLE
CF Ichiro
2B Jose Lopez
RF Jose Guillen
LF Raul Ibanez
1B Richie Sexson
C Kenji Johjima
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
3B Willie Bloomquist
RHP Miguel Batista
There you have it. As you can see, third baseman Adrian Beltre is out and will be for the next three to five days with a bruised thumb. Mariners manager Mike Hargrove told us Beltre’s thumb isn’t improving the way the team had hoped it would. He can’t swing or field right now, but will be available for pinch-running duty. The team doesn’t want to put him on the disabled list, saying he could be ready to play again before he’s be eligible under that scenario.
So, it’s Willie Bloomquist there for now and likely Jose Vidro as well. I talked to Vidro before the game and he told me he feels better playing the field because his legs are not as sore as they’d been the past few seasons.
As for available arms tonight beyond Miguel Batista and Jake Woods, Hargrove said that Jason Davis could also go. Others he might be able to use on a limited basis, but doesn’t really want to, are J.J. Putz (feeling better today after being re-hydrated), Sean Green and George Sherrill. But those last three are still question marks. It’s possible none will be available.
All of this, of course, pales compared to what Lopez is going through. Perhaps the game will serve as a welcome distraction from reality.

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