Lopez is expected to make his Major League debut for the Nationals this week, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports.

Lopez would presumably start for the Nationals on Tuesday, as that was the day that was in limbo in the team's probable pitchers for the week. Some had speculated that Lucas Giolito would return to the big league rotation, while Joe Ross (shoulder) was another name that was tossed around. It now appears the job is reserved for Lopez, who is already with the team in DC. The 22-year-old right-hander has made just two starts at the Triple-A level this year, but sported a 3.18 ERA and 4.0 K:BB ratio over 76.1 innings for Double-A Harrisburg. Should the team ultimately confirm this preliminary report either Sunday evening or Monday, Lopez would still likely be only a short-term option.

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