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Lopez designated for assignment

UPDATE, 5:03: The Rays expect Lopez to accept an assignment to Triple-A Durham if he clears waivers.

DEVELOPING: INF Felipe Lopez was designated for assignment by the Rays to make room for Evan Longoria.

Manager Joe Maddon said he talked to Lopez on the phone at around 1 p.m. and they had a good conversation and he hopes the Rays are able to keep Lopez in the organization. Maddon also said wanted it to be known that Lopez was not the one dropped because of his two incidents of not running out a ground ball, one of which led to him being benched April 23 in Toronto.

The Rays have 10 days to trade, release or pass Lopez through waivers.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 12:15am]


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