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June 18, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Lineups, and more on Lopez

First of all, Rob Johnson didn’t arrive from his flight from Houston until 11 a.m., so the decision was made to not activate him until tomorrow. Jamie Burke will do the catching. Johnson was greeted with hugs in the clubhouse when he showed up.
“With everything going on, and being here an hour before game time, he’s not ready to play,” Wakamatsu sasid.
Lopez is on bereavement because his sister is seriously ill. Lopez is traveling to Venezuela to be with her, and Don Wakamatsu said “I don’t expect to see him back for at least five days.”
On the spate of bereavement issues, Wakamatsu said, “I’ve never been around anything so devastating. But everyone is getting a lot of support. It shows how close this team is.”;
Incidentally, Russ Branyan is not on bereavement leave. He’s just missing one day to attend his grandfather’s funeral. The Mariners are playing one man short today. Branyan is expected back tomorrow.
To clear space on the 40-man roster for Chris Woodward, who takes Lopez’s roster spot, the Mariners switched Carlos Silva to the 60-day disabled list. Woodward will be a utility man while he’s here, Wakamatsu said.
Mike Carp is hitting second, Franklin Gutierrez moves up to fifth. Lopez’s hot bat will be missed. He is hitting .333 with four homers and 11 RBIs through eight games of this road trip.
Mariners
Ichiro RF
Mike Carp 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Ken Griffey Jr. LF
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Yuniesky Betancoudrt SS
Ronny Cedeno 2B
Jamie Burke C
Brandon Morrow RHP
San Diego
Tony Gwynn CF
David Eckstein 2B
Brian Giles RF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Chase Headley LF
Henry Blanco C
Luis Rodriguez SS
Josh Geer RHP

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