Lopez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Indians, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. On the bench for the second time in three days, Lopez's grip on an everyday role looks to be loosening. Whit Merrifield will cover the keystone in place of Lopez, who is slashing a mediocre .214/.290/.286 on the season.
Lopez isn't starting Saturday against the White Sox, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. Lopez recorded hits in each of the past two games, but he'll get a breather Saturday. Whit Merrifield will shift to second base with Bubba Starling starting in center field.
Lopez will start at second base and will bat eighth Sunday against the White Sox, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. Lopez batted second in the Kansas City order over a stretch of seven games earlier this month, but after failing to heat up at the plate, he's since returned to the bottom third of the lineup. He'll stick in the No. 8 spot for the sixth game in a row after going 2-for-16 over the previous five contests, dropping his season slash line to .205/.286/.284 in the process.
Lopez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 9-6 win over the Twins. He was also caught stealing. Lopez did not let his caught stealing in the second inning get him down; the second baseman bounced back in the fourth with his first long ball of the year. It was just his second extra-base hit of the season and Lopez still has a ways to go before he can be considered a viable mixed-league candidate.
Lopez (lower leg) is starting at second base and hitting ninth Wednesday against the Cubs. Lopez is back in action after missing a couple of games with a bruised shin. He's 3-for-18 (.167) with a double through nine games this season.
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