Lopez and the White Sox agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
The 27-year-old righty's breakout failed to arrive in 2020. Instead, he took another step backwards, posting a 6.49 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in eight starts. He struck out a modest 19.8 percent of opposing batters while walking a career-worst 12.4 percent. He'll have to step things up if he's to remain a part of the rotation for the increasingly competitive White Sox.
Lopez has not been included on the White Sox's AL Wild Card Round roster.
Lopez had a rather disappointing 2020 campaign, struggling to a 6.49 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP over eight starts. The White Sox evidently don't want to use him even as a low-leverage reliever in the postseason, let alone as a starter.
Lopez (1-3) allowed six runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three over 1.1 innings in a loss to the Cubs on Sunday.
The Cubs batted around in the second inning; Kris Bryant and David Bote both homered off Lopez and Billy Hamilton stole home to add insult to (statistical) injury. Lopez attempted to get right at the alternate camp for a couple weeks earlier this month and things were looking better initially upon his return, but this outing washes away most of those gains. He is iffy for the postseason roster, and Lopez may very well be non-tendered in the winter.
Lopez didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 5-3 extra-inning loss to Cleveland, allowing one run on three hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three.
A solo shot by Cesar Hernandez was the only blemish on his performance, and the White Sox took Lopez off the hook for a potential loss with a run in the top of the sixth inning. The right-hander has been solid since his return to the rotation, posting a 2.35 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 11:4 K:BB over three starts and 15.1 innings, and he'll make one more trip to the mound during the regular season in Sunday's finale against the Cubs.
Lopez allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six over 5.1 innings Thursday against the Twins. He didn't factor into the decision.
Lopez gave up all three of his runs on solo homers, exiting with one out in the sixth after Josh Donaldson left the yard. Lopez got off the hook for the loss, however, as the White Sox rallied to win 4-3 and clinch a playoff spot. Lopez has allowed three or fewer runs in five of six outings this season, though he's struggled to work deep into ballgames.
Lopez will start Thursday's game against the Twins, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
The 26-year-old previously lined up to start Friday, but he'll be pushed up day as Dallas Keuchel (back) won't be activated off the injured list. Lopez has struggled in his two starts against Minnesota this season, giving up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts and four walks over 2.1 innings.
Lopez (1-2) allowed three hits and a walk while striking out two across five innings to earn the win Saturday against the Tigers.
Lopez was handed 12 runs of support in the five innings he threw, though he took care of the Tigers lineup as well. He allowed only one extra-base hit, also generating 15 called strikes and 10 swinging strikes across 75 total pitches. This was Lopez's longest and most successful outing of the season and lowered his ERA to 5.52 across 14.2 total frames. He's projected to draw his next start Friday at Cincinnati.
Lopez will start Saturday's game against the Tigers, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
The 26-year-old will rejoin the rotation this weekend with Dallas Keuchel (back) landing on the injured list. Lopez allowed seven runs (five earned) with a 10:6 K:BB over nine frames in his three starts after returning from the injured list in August before being demoted to the alternate training site. The right-hander should be a bit more stretched out now, but he's unlikely to receive multiple starts barring unforeseen circumstances.
Lopez was recalled from Chicago's alternate training site Thursday and could start Saturday's game against the Tigers, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Dallas Keuchel (back spasms) was placed on the 10-day injured list and the thinking is that Lopez could make a start this weekend in order to push Chicago's better starters to the more important series next week against the Twins. Lopez has supposedly looked good at the alternate camp, but he has an 8.38 ERA in 9.2 innings this season and should not be trusted in mixed leagues, even in a good matchup against Detroit.
Lopez could return from the alternate site to start this weekend, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
The White Sox are skipping Dallas Keuchel (back) this turn through the rotation and will need a fill-in starter for this weekend's series against the Tigers. Chicago manager Rick Renteria said Lopez is an option, indicating the "reports have been good." Lopez was sent to the alternate camp following his most recent start, Sept. 2, when he lasted just 1.2 innings. The right-hander's mission at the alternate camp is to work on rhythm and timing.
Lopez was optioned to Chicago's alternate training site Friday.
This is a performance-based demotion for the hard-throwing righty. Lopez has a 5.00 ERA, 1.89 WHIP and 10:6 K:BB in nine innings over three starts since coming off the injured list Aug. 22. The shoulder injury that sidelined him may still be affecting his performance, but he will nonetheless be out of the rotation going forward. Carlos Rodon (shoulder) is expected to replace him.
Lopez could be replaced by Carlos Rodon (shoulder) in the rotation, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Since Lopez returned from the 10-day injured list, the White Sox have him on a pitch count -- he departed Wednesday after 53 pitches, although he wasn't very sharp. With Rodon expected to come off the IL, possibly by the next turn through the rotation, he could slot in for Lopez. "We'll probably have a discussion at some point and time to go over how we will continue to proceed and make a decision," manager Rick Renteria said. "Not going one way or the other. We'll just have a conversation." Lopez has allowed seven runs (five earned) on 11 hits and six walks while striking out 10 over the nine innings since his return.
Lopez (0-2) was charged with the loss against the Twins on Wednesday, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out two across 1.2 innings.
Making his third start since coming off the injured list, Lopez worked his way into a bases loaded first-inning jam, but luckily struck out Nelson Cruz and induced a double play to escape without damage. Trouble knocked again in the second frame, this time blemishing the score with a solo home run by Jake Cave and a two-run double by Josh Donaldson. That would be the final batter of the night for the 26-year-old. His outing was especially disappointing since he was unable to make it out of the first inning against the Twins during his first start of the year. The right-hander now owns a disappointing 8.38 ERA and 2.28 WHIP across four starts. He'll look to bounce back Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Lopez allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings in Friday's no-decision against the Royals.
Lopez made his second start since coming off the injured list and upped his pitch count from 50 to 70. It's unclear if the eight baserunners were the reason for his departure, or if 70 was a set pitch count. Lopez's next outing comes Wednesday on the road against Minnesota.
Lopez allowed two earned runs on one hit and two walks while striking out four across 3.1 innings Saturday against the Cubs. He did not factor into the decision.
Lopez was fairly sharp in his return from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss nearly four weeks. He did struggle with his command, hitting and walking the first two batters he faced in the second inning, both of whom ultimately came around to score. Lopez managed to throw 50 pitches in his first start since July 26, racking up five swinging strikes and 11 called strikes. He should be able to increase his workload a bit for his next outing, currently projected to come Friday against Kansas City.
Lopez (shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday.
Lopez spent nearly four weeks on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation. However, he'll make his second start of 2020 against the Cubs on Saturday. The right-hander threw two simulated innings in his final throwing session in his recovery process, and it's unclear how long he'll last in his return to the major-league club.
Lopez (shoulder) will come off the injured list Saturday and start against the Cubs, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Lopez has been sidelined since July 27 while dealing with right shoulder inflammation, but he'll make his return Saturday. The right-hander's first start of the season was cut short due to the injury, but he posted a 5.38 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over 33 starts last year. Lopez's recovery has gone quite smoothly, although it's unclear how long he'll be able to last in his return to game action.
Lopez (shoulder) could start Saturday's game against the Cubs, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
That spot in the rotation is currently TBA, but Gregor's best guess is that Lopez gets activated from the injured list for that start. At the very least, it sounds like Lopez is very near a return. He has been out for over three weeks with shoulder inflammation.
Lopez (shoulder) is expected to be back with the White Sox by the end of August, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Lopez recently tossed a simulated game and will continue to test his right shoulder soreness in a throwing program at the alternate camp. He's considered slightly ahead of fellow injured pitcher Carlos Rodon (shoulder), whose return could stretch out into September.
Lopez (shoulder) threw a pair of simulated innings Friday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Lopez recorded just two outs this season before landing on the injured list with shoulder inflammation. While it's certainly positive news that he appears to be tracking towards his return, the fact that he's throwing just two innings seemingly indicates he isn't particularly close to being ready to handle a starter's workload. It's possible the White Sox bring him back in a long-relief role or to make a handful of shorter starts before he's ready to approach 100 pitches, however.
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