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M's Lopez put on bereavement list

Updated: June 18, 2009, 3:58 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- The Seattle Mariners have placed second baseman Jose Lopez on the bereavement list and called up infielder Chris Woodward from the minors.

Lopez, who leads the team with 42 RBIs, left the club before Thursday's game against San Diego to return to his native Venezuela because his sister is seriously ill. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said he didn't expect Lopez back for at least five days.

Seattle was already without home run leader Russell Branyan, who was attending his ...

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