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.
"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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