Cardinals release Felipe Lopez

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.