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.
Lopez allowed one unearned run on one hit and two walks while striking out two over one inning in Tuesday's 10-8 extra-innings win over the Rockies.
Lopez came on in 10th inning after Chris Devenski blew a save opportunity in regulation and immediately allowed Colorado to tie the game when Josh Fuentes doubled in Elias Diaz, who started the inning on second base. With the news that Joakim Soria (calf) is on the injured list, Lopez could be in the mix for late-inning work, although he was not a sure bet to make the squad during spring training. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Repulbic that "somebody is going to emerge," and he'll continue to operate a bullpen without defined roles until that happens.
Lopez allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over one inning in Monday's spring game against the Giants.
Lopez, who's allowed 1.5 HR/9 (17 homers in 100 innings) during his MLB career, gave up an Evan Longoria long ball before his base on balls came around to score. It was the second time in as many Cactus League games that he's been scored upon. The 28-year-old righty is expected to occupy a role in the final third of games, although last season's 5.95 ERA and 1.53 WHIP suggest he's not a lock to hold that position.
Lopez returned to camp after missing the last two workouts due to a kidney stone, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Lopez appears to be "pushing forward and on the other side of that," but did not specify the right-hander's status or activity level. Lopez is coming off a shaky 2020 campaign and will look to re-establish himself in a bullpen without many defined roles at this point.
Lopez retired all four batters he faced in 1.2 scoreless innings in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Astros.
After the Astros took the lead in the sixth inning and chased starter Luke Weaver, Lopez quieted the rally with a double play. He went on to retire the side in the seventh to stretch his scoreless streak to four innings over three appearances. There hasn't been enough outings like this for Lopez, who has a mid-to-high 90s fastball but was not considered as a replacement at closer when Arizona traded Archie Bradley. He's allowed runs in seven of his 16 outings, including four home runs over 17.2 innings. For his career, Lopez has permitted 17 home runs over 87.1 innings (1.75 HR/9).
Lopez was recalled by the Diamondbacks on Monday.
Lopez spent some time at the Diamondbacks' alternate training site over the past week and a half, but he'll now return to the major-league bullpen. During his first stint in the big leagues this season, the right-hander posted a 4.15 ERA and 3:2 K:BB over 4.1 innings in five relief appearances.
Lopez was optioned to Arizona's alternate camp site Thursday.
Lopez has appeared in five games for the Diamondbacks this season, compiling a 4.15 ERA and 3:2 K:BB across 4.1 innings. He'll represent additional bullpen depth at the team's satellite camp.
Lopez appeared in the Diamondbacks' 7-2 loss to the Padres on Friday, striking out one while working around a hit and a walk in a scoreless frame.
Lopez missed a few days of workouts at the tail end of summer camp, but the absences ultimately didn't impact his availability for the season opener. Given that the right-hander was used in the eighth inning of a game the Diamondbacks were trailing by six runs at the time, Lopez could be destined for lower-leverage work early on during the season.
Lopez (undisclosed) is expected to be ready for Friday's opener in San Diego, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Lopez, who missed the final days of summer camp and did not accompany the team for its exhibition series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers for unspecified reasons, threw a simulated inning Tuesday at Chase Field.
Lopez (undisclosed) was in camp Sunday, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
Lopez was able to play catch at Chase Field on Sunday after missing the past several days for an undisclosed reason. However, he didn't travel with the team for their exhibition game against the Dodgers on Sunday. Manager Torey Lovullo said he couldn't discuss the reason behind Lopez's absence but said that he could still be ready for Opening Day.
Lopez has not been at camp for the past few days due to undisclosed reasons, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
What's been learned during summer camp is the results of periodic testing for the novel coronavirus are sometimes not immediately known, so a player will be absent a few days. That may be the case here. Lopez had a good camp per recent reporting and is expected to make the team as a member of the bullpen.
Diamondbacks pitching coach Matt Herges mentioned Lopez as one of the pitchers that has stood out in summer camp, Matt Layman of Arizona Sports reports.
Lopez was a late-inning reliever for much of 2019, though he was given fewer high-leverage appearances over a poor second half. The right-hander split between a 1.59 ERA prior to the All-Star break and a 5.74 ERA following the break. "His slider has been the talk," Herges said. "It's definitely been the talk. Hitters come back and say, 'Oh my gosh, I haven't seen that.' Even catchers catching him, like, 'OK, that's different.' He's just more mindful of being on top of the baseball and getting more downward action." The summer results are an improvement from spring training, when Arizona general manager Mike Hazen called out Lopez for inconsistent command. When it was working for Lopez during the first half of 2019, at a time when the Diamondbacks closer situation was in flux, he was given a few closing opportunities but blew three of four save chances.
Lopez needs to be more consistent to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Lopez served as a key bullpen member to finish up 2018 and over the first half of 2019, but it all went south over the second half last year. He became very hittable and posted a 5.74 ERA following the All-Star break. "Inconsistency," general manager Mike Hazen said. "We are stressing the continued need to improve his consistency of command. That needs to happen with both his fastball and his breaking ball." The GM made those comments after Lopez was lit up Sunday, when he allowed four runs on five hits over one inning to bring his spring ERA to 12.00.
Lopez didn't allow a baserunner in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Wednesday against the Orioles.
Greg Holland began the ninth inning but walked the first two batters he faced, causing the Diamondbacks to call upon Lopez to close the game. Lopez made quick work of the Orioles, inducing three flyouts to end the contest and record his first save of the campaign. Holland has been solid for most of the season, though he has allowed at least one earned run in three of his seven appearances in July. If his struggles continue, the team could look elsewhere in the bullpen for a closer, and it appears Lopez may be in a prime position to step into the role.
Lopez (1-4) took the loss Sunday, allowing three runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning against the Brewers.
This was the third time Lopez pitched in the four-game set against Milwaukee and the second time he was tagged with the loss. He wasn't the only reliever to fail during the series -- Arizona's bullpen gave up 16 runs in 14.1 innings -- but this was the fourth time in seven outings he's allowed at least one run.
Lopez retired all five batters he faced to pick up his 14th hold in Friday's 10-7 win over the Brewers.
Lopez put behind him an ugly performance the previous night, when he took the loss after allowing three runs in one-third of an inning. On Friday, he came on after Matt Andriese gave up three runs in the seventh inning, allowing the Brewers to get within striking distance, and he set down the opposition for 1.2 innings. Thursday's performance aside, Lopez has emerged as a steady hand in the bullpen. His is a name to keep in mind if the Diamondbacks choose to be sellers at the trade deadline. They are still in the mix for one of two NL wild-card spots, but if things go south between now and the end of the month, they could deal closer Greg Holland.
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|04/21||@ CIN||W 5-4||0.1||1||1||0||0|
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