Lopez isn't starting Monday's game against the Tigers.
Lopez had started each of the last two games and went 1-for-4 with an RIB, two walks and a stolen base during that time. Hanser Alberto will start at shortstop and bat eighth.
Lopez went 0-for-1 with a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's 11-2 loss to Oakland.
With Adalberto Mondesi (hamstring) out again, Lopez has regained a regular presence in the starting nine. The 26-year-old has a .224/.320/.301 slash line with six stolen bases, 10 RBI and 25 runs scored through 186 plate appearances this year. He's added three triples and six doubles. Lopez is likely to handle the strong side of a platoon at shortstop, with Hanser Alberto taking weak-side duties.
Lopez is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Athletics.
Lopez has filled in at shortstop since Adalberto Mondesi suffered a hamstring injury May 31, but he'll get a breather Friday. Hanser Alberto will start at shortstop and bat ninth.
Lopez will start at shortstop and bat ninth Sunday against the Twins, Joel Goldberg of Bally Sports Kansas City reports.
With Adalberto Mondesi (hamstring) moving back to the injured list Sunday, Lopez should have a fairly clear path to an everyday role in the middle infield in the short term. Lopez had already started in three of the past four games for Mondesi, who was placed on the IL once it became apparent his injury was more than a day-to-day concern. Lopez has chipped in five stolen bases this season, but a .229 average, little power and a low placement in the batting order will render him mostly a one-category play in fantasy.
Lopez will sit for the second straight game Friday against the Twins.
Lopez's .609 OPS this season actually represents the best mark of his three-year career, so it's no surprise to see him lose playing time. Adalberto Mondesi's return from an oblique injury Tuesday dealt the first blow to Lopez's starting chances, while Hunter Dozier's return from a concussion Friday could send him to the bench on a regular basis. Dozier starts in right field Friday, keeping Whit Merrifield at second base and Lopez on the bench.
Lopez isn't starting Thursday's game against the Rays.
Lopez will retreat to the bench for the second time in the last three games after he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Wednesday. Whit Merrifield will start at second base while Jorge Soler takes over in right field. Lopez is still the likely favorite for playing time at second base, but he could see a slight downtick in playing time now that Adalberto Mondesi has returned to action at shortstop.
Lopez went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Saturday's 5-1 win over the White Sox.
The infielder has picked up two stolen bases in his last three games. He's up to four steals in 128 plate appearances overall. Lopez sports a .234/.331/.308 slash line while often hitting at the bottom of Kansas City's order. He has yet to hit a home run, but he's picked up three triples, two doubles, seven RBI and 19 runs in 38 games as the near-everyday shortstop.
Lopez went 1-for-6 with a stolen base and a run scored across both halves of Friday's doubleheader versus the White Sox.
Lopez contributed to Kansas City's 6-2 win in the matinee by getting aboard with a single in the seventh inning, stealing second and coming around to score on a Carlos Santana single. Lopez has shown some modest speed with three stolen bases in 37 games this year. He's slashed .233/.333/.311 with no home runs, seven RBI and 19 runs scored across 124 plate appearances while filling in for Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) at shortstop.
Lopez went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in Tuesday's 8-7 loss to Detroit.
Lopez walked and scored on a Jorge Soler three-run home run in the eighth inning. In the ninth, Lopez hit a single and scored on Soler's three-RBI double. The 26-year-old Lopez hadn't produced multiple hits in a game since April 20. He's slashing .220/.327/.308 with no home runs, two stolen bases, seven RBI and 17 runs scored in 111 plate appearances. With only four hits in his last 35 at-bats, Lopez has gone fairly cold at the plate.
Lopez isn't starting Saturday against the White Sox.
Lopez has gone hitless with a walk and six strikeouts in 14 at-bats across his last four games. Hanser Alberto will start at shortstop and bat seventh.
Lopez isn't starting Saturday's game against the Tigers.
Lopez had started each of the last five contests and went 4-for-17 with two doubles, four RBI and three runs during that time. Hanser Alberto will start at shortstop while Hunter Dozier starts at the hot corner Saturday.
Lopez went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's 14-7 loss to the Rays.
Lopez lined a two-RBI single in the third inning and came around to score on a Carlos Santana double. In the sixth, Lopez got aboard with a double and scored on a Whit Merrifield single. Through 52 plate appearances, Lopez is slashing .304/.353/.391 with two stolen bases, five RBI and eight runs scored. He has yet to hit a homer, but he has a triple and two doubles among his 14 hits. The 26-year-old has filled in admirably as the primary shortstop while Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) remains out.
Lopez went 1-for-4 with a double and a stolen base in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Blue Jays.
In the second inning, Lopez and Whit Merrifield executed a double steal, but neither of them was able to score. The 26-year-old Lopez is slashing .282/.341/.359 with two steals, three RBI, six runs scored and no homers through 45 plate appearances. The infielder doesn't supply much power or speed, and he often hits at the bottom of the Royals' order.
Lopez isn't in the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays, Joel Goldberg of Bally Sports Kansas City reports.
Lopez went 1-for-2 with a run while starting at shortstop in Saturday's matinee. Hanser Alberto will take over at short during the second game of the twin bill, batting seventh.
Lopez went 0-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the White Sox.
Lopez drew a walk and stole second in the eighth inning. He came around to score on an Andrew Benintendi single to put the Royals ahead 2-1. Lopez has yet to show any power -- all seven of his hits this year are singles -- but he's produced a stolen base, two RBI and three runs scored through seven games. He'll continue to log playing time at shortstop until Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) returns.
Lopez went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Monday's 3-0 win over Cleveland.
Lopez showed some speed to get aboard with an infield single in the second inning. He came around to score on Whit Merrifield's two-run homer. The 26-year-old Lopez has served as Kansas City's primary shortstop with Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) out to begin the season. Lopez is hitting .429 with two runs scored and an RBI in four games, although he'll likely return to a bench role when Mondesi is able to play again.
Manager Mike Matheny said Lopez would start at shortstop in the Royals' season opener Thursday against the Rangers, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.
Texas is bringing a right-hander (Kyle Gibson) to the mound Opening Day, so the lefty-hitting Lopez looks on track to at least occupy the strong side of a platoon at shortstop while Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) is sidelined to begin the season. Per Vernier, Matheny said that he expects Mondesi to miss "a couple of weeks" with the injury, so Lopez could be in store for a near-everyday role until around at least mid-April. With a .228 lifetime average and three home runs and one stolen base across 159 career games, Lopez shouldn't be counted on to deliver much fantasy value even if he receives steady at-bats.
The Royals recalled Lopez from their alternate training site Wednesday.
Lopez initially appeared set to miss out on joining the Opening Day roster, but Kansas City chose to bring him back following Adalberto Mondesi's surprising placement on the 10-day injured list due to an oblique strain. The severity of Mondesi's injury isn't yet known, but Lopez could end up filling the strong side of a platoon at shortstop with Hanser Alberto for however long Mondesi is sidelined. While handling a near-everyday role for Kansas City the past two seasons, Lopez provided little fantasy value with a .228 average, three home runs, one stolen base, 59 runs and 43 RBI in 159 games.
Lopez was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Sunday.
Lopez appeared to be the favorite to start at second base to begin camp, but he struggled during spring training and will begin the season at Triple-A Omaha as a result. The 26-year-old hit just .118 with one double, four RBI and 13 strikeouts in 16 Cactus League games. Whit Merrifield could now shift to second base to begin the year with Jarrod Dyson potentially starting in center field.
Lopez could lose playing time at second base due to a poor spring as Whit Merrifield has seen the most time at second base recently, MLB.com reports. Lopez is hitting just .118 (4-for-34) this spring.
Lopez hit just .201 with a .552 OPS last season, so he'll need as strong start to the season to remain a starter. It's possible he could move to a platoon or reserve role if the Royals decide to give a prospect like Kyle Isbel playing time in right field or call up top prospect Bobby Witt early in the season.
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|2019||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||31||116||27||41||6||1||3||13||20||5||9||3||.353||.457||.500|