Lopez goes on bereavement list

Second baseman Jose Lopez was placed on the Major League bereavement list this morning and replaced on the 25-man roster by Chris Woodward, who was promoted from Triple-A Tacoma.

Woodward is in uniform for today’s series finale against the Padres. To make room for Woodward, the Mariners transferred pitcher Carlos Silva to the 60-day disabled list.

It was not immediately known how long Lopez would be away from the team. He becomes the second player in the past week to go on the bereavement list. Catcher Rob Johnson went on the list after his mother-in-law was killed in a traffic accident near Houston. He rejoined the  the team today, but was not in the starting lineup.

In addition, first baseman Russell Branyan returned to Georgia to attend the funeral of his grandfather.

Left-hander Erik Bedard is being examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles this morning and will have an MRI on his shoulder at 1:30 this afternoon, manager Don Wakamatsu said in his pre-game media briefing.

— Jim Street

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