Lopez was dealt to the Braves from San Diego on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Lopez spent a majority of the past season at the Triple-A level, though he did play in 37 games for the Padres while serving as a reserve catcher. He slashed just .176/.265/.284 with three home runs and 13 RBI in those contests. The 31-year-old shouldn't be counted on to provide much value for fantasy purposes moving forward. Lopez will add depth at the catching position for Atlanta while this move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for the Padres.
Lopez was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Sunday. Rather than carrying a third catcher in Lopez, the Padres elected to use their last bench spot on a more versatile option in Cory Spangenberg, who was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Lopez appeared in only three games during his latest stint with the Padres, receiving two at-bats.
Lopez was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Sunday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic San Diego reports. Lopez had been up with the Padres as the starting catcher since the start of May with Austin Hedges out with an elbow injury. He failed to impress, hitting a miserable .180/.263/.290 and striking out 36 percent of the time. With Hedges back from the disabled list, Lopez will head back to the minors.
Lopez is not starting Thursday against the Giants. Lopez will stick on the bench for a second straight game with lefty Madison Bumgarner toeing the rubber for the Giants. A.J. Ellis will start behind the dish and hit eighth in his stead.
Lopez is not starting Wednesday against Oakland. Lopez has just four hits in last 10 games. He'll sit Wednesday in favor of A.J. Ellis.