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J. Lopez Likes His First Shot

By Jon Gallo
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 20, 2005; Page D10

BALTIMORE, April 19 — A day after catcher Javy Lopez played first base for two innings to mark his first experience at the position in his career, Baltimore Orioles Manager Lee Mazzilli said there is no intention of moving him.

"It was something where he had no pressure and he could get his feet wet," Mazzilli said. "I wouldn't read anything into it."

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Lopez started Monday night's 13-3 loss to the Tigers behind the plate, but replaced Jay Gibbons in the eighth inning. He finished with one put-out, as he was on the receiving end of second baseman Brian Roberts’s throw on a double-play grounder hit by Omar Infante in the ninth inning.

"It was totally different and I really enjoyed it," Lopez said. "I liked not having to put on any equipment or having to squat. I just was around the base and waited for someone to throw me the ball. I was kind of nervous because if they hit a ground ball and I missed it, I might not see first base for the rest of my career."

Hendricks Recovering

Richie Bancells, the Orioles' trainer, said he spoke with bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks, who suffered a stroke last week, on the phone Monday. He said he expects the 64-year-old to return to Baltimore on Wednesday or Thursday, but isn't sure when he would rejoin the team.

Hendricks, who has been in the Orioles' organization for 37 years — the past 28 in his current position — is in a St. Petersburg, Fla., area hospital after suffering a stroke following the team’s game at Tampa Bay on April 17.


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