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Lopez (Still) Not in Pittsburgh; Not in Starting 9

The Journal-Sentinel’s Anthony Witrado is reporting that the newly required Felipe Lopez isn’t in Pittsburgh yet, and as a result, isn’t in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Pirates.

This, of course, begs the question, “How hard is it to get from St. Louis to Pittsburgh in 24 hours?”  I was never really good at math, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t take that long to catch a flight after an afternoon game (the trade was announced on JSOnline’s Brewers blog at 4:50 PM Central) and get into town in time for a night game the next day.  But I could be wrong.

Craig Counsell will start at second base tonight, with Casey McGehee starting at third.  Hopefully Lopez gets to PNC Park in time to at least make a pinch-hit appearance, otherwise the Brewers will be playing a man short with Mat Gamel being sent back down to Nashville.  Maybe he’ll show up mid-game like Kevin Mench did following the Carlos Lee trade, leading to the cameras following him out of his car and through the tunnels of the stadium as he walked to the clubhouse.

The Brewers start their series against Pittsburgh tonight at 6:05 PM Central.