Lopez was traded from Arizona to Atlanta on Saturday in exchange for Deivi Estrada. Lopez was designated for assignment Thursday, but the Diamondbacks will wind up getting something for him on his way out the door. The 28-year-old righty struggled to a 6.57 ERA in 12.1 innings of relief this season but posted a respectable 3.93 ERA in 89.1 frames over his first three years in the league. He'll head to Triple-A Gwinnett for now.
Lopez was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Thursday. Lopez rejoined the major-league roster Saturday and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while failing to record a strikeout in 2.1 innings across two relief appearances. He'll now be removed from the 40-man roster to make room for outfielder Josh Reddick, whose contract was selected by Arizona in a corresponding move.
Lopez was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Saturday. The 28-year-old was sent down at the end of April after posting a 6.30 ERA through 11 appearances, but he'll rejoin the Diamondbacks on Saturday. Lopez previously worked in a high-leverage role but is likely to handle lower-leverage duties this time around, at least early on.
Lopez was optioned to the Diamondbacks' alternate training site Thursday. Lopez had pitched well to begin the season but gave up three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one in one inning during Wednesday's loss to the Padres. The right-hander failed to convert on any of his three save chances early in the season and will now be sent down after Chris Devenski (personal) was activated from the restricted list in a corresponding move.
Lopez allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning during Saturday's 8-3 win over Cincinnati. Lopez cleaned up in a non-save situation and has yet to allow an earned run in four appearances. The right-hander is in the mix for save chances while the Diamondbacks' closer situation is unsettled. Joakim Soria (calf) is on the injured list while Chris Devenski (personal) is away from the team. Lopez has struck out seven, walked four and allowed two hits over four innings.
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