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Cardinals release INF Felipe Lopez

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St. Louis Cardinals' Felipe Lopez throws his bat as he pops out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) By Morry Gash St. Louis Cardinals' Felipe Lopez throws his bat as he pops out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) By Morry Gash

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have released infielder Felipe Lopez, a day after he was late arriving for a game against Florida.

Lopez accompanied the Cardinals to Pittsburgh to begin a three-game series, but was told before Tuesday's game by manager Tony La Russa that he was being let go.

General manager John Mozeliak says part of the reason was Lopez arrived late at the stadium for Monday's game at Florida, a makeup of a previous rainout.

Lopez, signed during the offseason as a utility player, hit .231 with seven homers and 36 RBIs in 109 games.

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