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Lopez meets with team to discuss releases

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As Fox 40 reported Wednesday night Dustin Lawley, Aderlin Rodriguez, and Eudy Pina were all released by the New York Mets front office. B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez held a closed door meeting prior to Thursday's game against Trenton to fill the team in on the changes as Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto had been away from the team since the weekend, and others were in Portland for the Eastern League All Star Game, and others still enjoying the two days off and had not yet heard the news.

Lopez says the move to release them was purely for roster space and not stemming from any disciplinary incident. But, for him that makes it that much harder to break the news to them.

"They're making some changes, they're bringing some new people in and they needed some roster spots and I think Pina, A-Rod, and Lawley kind of got left out," said Lopez. "So, like I said, it was a tough day, still a tough day. I did not enjoy my days off at all because we're talking about three guys that were not just good players but good people which is most important for me."

Brandon Kaupe will join the B-Mets from Brooklyn to provide emergency infield help for the short term. Jonathon Galvez is expected to sign with the team and join the B-Mets following his involvement in the Pan Am Games.