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Lopez sent packing, with Young his likely replacement

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Lopez sent packing, with Young his likely replacement · Roster Report · Notes, Quotes
 

Jose Lopez is out, and Eric Young Jr. is expected to return to the Rockies.

Colorado designated Lopez, a veteran infielder, for assignment after Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Diamondbacks. Young, who has primarily played the outfield in the past month because his defense at second base is spotty, likely will be recalled Friday before the start of a three-game series with the Cardinals.

The loss to the Diamondbacks was the Rockies' third straight in the four-game series, which began with the Rockies winning 12-4 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday. In the three subsequent losses, the Rockies scored a total of six runs. They fell below .500 (24-25) for the first time since they were 0-1 after an Opening Day loss to the Diamondbacks. The Rockies are 12-13 at Coors Field, where they have typically dominated, and they have lost seven of their past nine games and during a 7-17 May.

Thursday's loss ended when Lopez pinch-hit and struck out. He hit .208 (26-for-125) with just two home runs and eight RBI in 38 games for Colorado. He last homered on April 10, and he last drove in a run April 25.

The Rockies acquired Lopez from Seattle in December for Class AAA pitcher Chaz Roe, who had fallen from prospect status. Brought in to provide some power at second base, Lopez, whose natural position is third base, nearly lost the second base job in spring training and quickly did lose it to Jonathan Herrera once the season began.

With third baseman Ian Stewart struggling and currently back at Class AAA Colorado Springs, Lopez received extended playing time at third base but was unable to get going offensively.

Young is hitting .363 with 13 doubles, eight triples and 17 stolen bases in 18 attempts at Colorado Springs. He has played in more games in the outfield -- 34 in center and left combined -- than he has at his original position, second base -- 20.

Young has more walks (32) than strikeouts (27). While Colorado Springs is a notably good place to hit in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, Young's splits aren't skewed to an extreme degree. He's hitting .380 at home and .346 on the road.

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