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Lopez gets first shot at replacing Weeks

The Sports Xchange
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After a few days of exploring the trade market for infield help, general manager Doug Melvin decided his best bet to fill the void left by injured second baseman Rickie Weeks might be infielder Felipe Lopez.

"We think his switch-hitting and versatility gives us as much as what we're hearing (on the trade market) right now," said Melvin.

Lopez was acquired Thursday in a deal with Tampa Bay for cash. Though the Brewers originally said Lopez was going to Class AAA Nashville, the intent was to bring him to Milwaukee all along.

Melvin said they needed time to discuss the corresponding player move, which turned out to be sending second baseman Eric Farris back to Nashville after coming up for one day.

Melvin said the Lopez move didn't necessarily mean the Brewers would do nothing else via trade but added, "Nothing's active right now."

"We can only do what our options are," added Melvin. "A lot of teams don't have infielders available. A lot of teams are trying to win games. If a guy is performing, he's not available."

As for the chance of other deals, Melvin said, "I've always said I'd like to get more depth (in general) to protect us against injuries. You see that now with Rickie."

Manager Ron Roenicke wasted no time giving Lopez a chance, putting him in the starting lineup against Houston. Lopez responded with a 2-for-4 night with a run scored in a 4-0 victory.

Asked if Lopez being a switch-hitter was a factor, Roenicke said, "Quite a bit. He's not easy to pitch around, obviously. He gives you a nice, solid at-bat. He's not chasing balls out of the zone a lot. He's a good, quality hitter."

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