Catcher hit on non-glove hand by foul tip

BALTIMORE -- Orioles catcher Javy Lopez broke a bone in his right hand Tuesday night and will be placed on the disabled list Wednesday.

"Hopefully, we'll be resilient," manager Lee Mazzilli said. "You lose a guy and it's a tough blow, but what are you going to do? You've got to go out and play, and that's what we're going to do."

Mere hours after activating Sammy Sosa from the 15-day disabled list, the Orioles lost Lopez, who was hit on his non-glove hand by a foul tip off the bat of Seattle's Bret Boone in the third inning. He was immediately replaced by Geronimo Gil.

X-rays revealed a broken bone, and the Orioles said they will make a move to replace the catcher on Wednesday. Lopez will be sidelined for about six weeks; MLB.com reported he could possibly miss three months, depending on whether he needs surgery.

"Knowing that I'm going to miss at least six weeks is pretty frustrating, especially when I'm starting to feel good with the bat and right when Sammy came back to the lineup," Lopez said. "I've been hit by foul tips before, but this is the first time I broke a bone."

Baltimore also received a scare when Brian Roberts was hit in the left knee by a pitch from reliever Ron Villone in the seventh. Roberts remained on the ground for several minutes before taking his base but left after reaching second on a grounder. He will be evaluated Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Baltimore designated catcher Sal Fasano for assignment after activating Sammy Sosa from the disabled list. Fasano must clear waivers before he can be brought back.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.