Jose Lopez returns….with Florida
Infielder, whom the Colorado Rockies released earlier this season, will be at Coors Field today with the Florida after beginning his second tour this season with the Marlins on Sunday.
In 12 games in June with the Marlins, Lopez, 27, hit .107 (3-for-28) with one double. Lopez then played 32 games at Triple-A New Orleans where he hit .400 (50-for-125) with nine homers and 30 RBI along with a .430 on-base percentage and a .688 slugging percentage.
The Marlins, who have lost nine of their past 10 games, did some roster shuffling over the weekend and purchased Lopez’s contract. He pinch hit in the eighth Sunday in a 5-2 loss to the Giants and stayed in the game at second base.
The Rockies designated Lopez for assignment on May 27 and ended up releasing him after he hit .208 (26-for-125) with four doubles, two homers and eight RBI in 38 games. Lopez was the Opening Day second baseman for the Rockies. He began his career with them by going 7-for-29 with two homers and seven RBI in eight games but subsequently went 19-for-96 (.198) with four doubles and one RBI, which came on April 25. Lopez also played poorly on defense at second base and third base.
The Rockies traded minor league pitcher Chaz Roe to the Seattle Mariners for Lopez on Dec. 2, taking on his $3.6 million contract and thinking he would replaceat second base. That didn’t happen when , who had played well in spring training, took over the position in mid-April. Lopez was given a chance to play third base in the wake of ‘s struggles but also failed to find a niche there.