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Seattle's Lopez hopes to play final series

Seattle's Lopez hopes to play final series

ARLINGTON -- Mariners third baseman Jose Lopez, who dislocated the middle finger on his right hand while trying to field a ground ball on Tuesday night, said he hopes the digit heals fast enough for him to play during the final series of the regular season.

"It feels better today, and I think maybe I can DH on Saturday or Sunday," said Lopez as he soaked the finger in a paper cup prior to Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Rangers.

Lopez said he knew immediately that the finger was dislocated and not broken by a ball Nelson Cruz hit at him in the sixth inning.

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He walked off the field and into the training room, where the finger was put back into place.

"Lopey came back into the dugout with his glove asking if there was a re-entry rule," interim manager Daren Brown said. "It's a little sore today, and I don't see him playing in the field for the next five days.

"Making throws would be a little bit painful. One thing we can do is wait a couple of days and see if he can swing a bat. We might be able to DH him in the next few days."

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