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Jose Lopez


Lopez was given Sunday's game off after bruising his left thumb earlier in the Texas series.


Seattle's Lopez was selected to his first All-Star team on Sunday, as a reserve second baseman for the American League. Lopez is batting .282 with nine homers and 57 RBIs this season. Lopez was selected as an injury replacement for the Yankees? Robinson Cano, who won?t be able to play.


On Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners placed Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Lopez to take the vacant roster spot. Lopez started at second base against the New York Yankees Tuesday night, and the promising 21-year-old prospect could get most of the starts there while Bloomquist is sidelined.


It's barely been more than three weeks since Lopez was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to replace Bret Boone at second base for Seattle. In 59 at-bats since then, Lopez has batted .220 and slugged .288. On Thursday, the Mariners optioned the promising 21-year-old infielder back to Tacoma.


The Seattle Mariners recalled Lopez Sunday to take over as the club's new second baseman, after veteran Bret Boone was designated for assignment. The 21-year-old Lopez doubled and scored the game-tying run in Seattle's 2-1 victory over Texas in his first game as the starter at second. In eight games with the Mariners this season, Lopez is 6-for-23 (.261) with three doubles and four RBI.


Lopez' tenure as a starter for Seattle ended Wednesday, when Bret Boone returned to the Mariners' lineup following some time off to work on his plate mechanics. Lopez started five straight games after his June 17 recall, going 5-for-19 (.263) with a pair of doubles and four RBI.


Lopez has played second base for Seattle the last three games, replacing veteran Bret Boone, who has been spending time with Mariners hitting Don Baylor to work through some mechanical issues at the plate. When the adjustments have been made and the Seattle homestand ends on Thursday, Boone will rejoin the Mariners' lineup, says Seattle manager Mike Hargove. Lopez won't keep the starting job, no matter how well he performs.


Lopez was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. He is expected to play third base until Adrian Beltre returns from his hamstring injury, but the surprise is that once Beltre returns, Lopez would likely see most of his playing time at second base -- not shortstop.


Lopez is scheduled to undergo surgery later this week to repair a broken hamate bone in his left hand. One of the Mariners' top prospects, the 21-year-old shortstop is expected to be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks as he recovers from the procedure.

Lopez was hoping to land a job on the Mariners' Opening Day roster after hitting .333 with eight RBI in 18 exhibition games this spring, but obviously, his injury was a setback. He currently is with Triple-A Tacoma, but should see some time with the big league club later this season.