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Cubs add Lopez shore up pitching staff

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The Cubs continue to search for pitching.

With three-fifths of their rotation on the disabled list and some of their fill-ins having faltered, the Cubs acquired veteran right-hander Rodrigo Lopez on Thursday in a trade with the Braves. Chicago sent minor league left-hander Ryan Buchter to the Atlanta organization.

Lopez, 35, will be activated by the Cubs on Friday after going 6-1 with a 2.59 ERA for the Braves' Class AAA Gwinnett affiliate. Last season, Lopez was 7-16 with a 5.00 ERA for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

General manager Jim Hendry met with reporters after Thursday's 9-3 win over the Mets and said Lopez's role would be uncertain at first. He's likely to begin in the bullpen for Chicago, but he could easily win a rotation spot. Left-hander Doug Davis starts Friday for the Cubs, but he's 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA and could be on the spot.

Right-hander Randy Wells comes off the disabled list to start Saturday. Righties Matt Garza and Andrew Cashner also are on the DL, but Garza should be ready to come back at the end of next week.

"We've been scouring, looking for people like this," Hendry said. "He's had a real good year in Triple-A for the Braves. We thought it was a good move for us."

Buchter, 24, was 3-0 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 appearances for Class AA Tennessee at the start of the season. He was demoted to high Class A Daytona, where he didn't allow a run in 10 1/3 innings over six appearances.

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