Brewers reacquire F. Lopez in depth deal

The Brewers have acquired Felipe Lopez from the Rays for cash, giving them another option to fill-in for injured second baseman Rickie Weeks. Lopez, who batted .320 for the Brewers during the second half of 2009, is expected to report to Triple-A Nashville on Friday, “and then we’ll evaluate,” Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said.

Now 31, the switch-hitting Lopez was with the Rays’ Triple-A Durham team, hitting .305 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs. He’s had a tough couple of years since his months with Milwaukee, batting .233 for three teams in 2010 and just .216 in very limited duty — 97 at-bats — during two big-league stints with the Rays in 2011.

Lopez has experience all over the infield and has made 300 career starts at second base. The Brewers have a big hole there as of Thursday morning, when Weeks was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a severely sprained left ankle. He’s expected to miss 2-6 weeks.

Melvin was busy making and taking phone calls as Sunday’s 3 p.m. CT nonwaiver Trade Deadline looms. The Brewers had already been actively seeing middle infield depth, but I asked him whether the Weeks injury changed the team’s strategy for the next four days.

“Not necessarily,” Melvin said. “We’ve been through all of those names, we know who’s available and who’s not. We’re brainstorming and evaluating the best way to cover ourselves. It’s probably not going to be one person. It’s going to be a combination of guys.”

– Adam McCalvy

 

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