The Indians Sunday lost a game but gained a further appreciation for their new utility infielder. Jose Lopez was the only offensive highlight in the Indians' 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins.
Lopez had three of the Indians' seven hits in the game. He was 3-for-4, with two doubles and two RBI. Lopez is in the lineup as a replacement for injured 3B Jack Hannahan, who is out with soreness in his lower back.
Lopez is making the most of his opportunity. In the first five games of the Indians' eight-game homestand, Lopez is hitting .412 (7-for-17) with one home run, two doubles and five RBI.
Although Hannahan is the starter at third base, Lopez has had the more substantial career to this point. The 28-year-old right-handed hitter was a starting infielder for several years in Seattle, being selected to the American League All-Star team in 2006.
For the Mariners in 2009, Lopez belted 25 home runs and had 96 RBI. The Indians brought him to training camp this year on a minor league contract,...