Lopez was placed on the 60-day disabled list Saturday with a right shoulder strain.
With just a month left in the season, the injury shuts down Lopez for the year. He'll end his rookie season with a respectable enough 4.14 ERA in 10 starts. Jeff Brigham, whose contract was selected from Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding move, will take Lopez's place on the roster and in the rotation.
Lopez (2-4) allowed one run on six hits and five walks while striking out four over 5.2 innings as he took the loss Sunday against Atlanta.
Lopez gave up just one run in the sixth inning, but the Marlins failed to score in the series finale, resulting in Lopez's fourth loss of the season. He issued a season-high five free passes, throwing 62 of 101 pitches for strikes. Despite back-to-back solid outings out of the 22-year-old right-hander (two runs across 11.2 frames), Lopez hasn't secured a victory since July 21 against the Rays. He'll look for more run support in his next start, which lines up for Sunday against Toronto.
Lopez allowed two runs on four hits and one walk across seven innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Cardinals. He struck out five.
Lopez silenced the visitors' bats through the first six innings but saw his shutout and the lead lost on a two-run home run from Paul DeJong in the seventh. While he was unable to notch his third win of the season, he delivered his longest career outing and his third quality start in the last four. Lopez has posted a 2.92 ERA to go along with a 19:4 K:BB over that stretch and will look to continue his recent success in his next scheduled start against the Braves.
Lopez gave up one run on five hits and zero walks while striking out five over six innings Thursday in Philadelphia. He did not factor in the decision.
He only needed 87 pitches (60 strikes), working efficiently en route to his third quality start in six career outings in the big leagues. Lopez's 4.67 ERA isn't impressive, but in the three starts when he's been on, he's been quite good. Unfortunately the Brewers and Nationals (twice) have tagged him to the tune of 14 runs in 16.2 innings across his three bad starts in the majors. His next start will come Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Lopez will start Thursday's game against the Phillies, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Lopez had been slated to start Wednesday's series finale against the Braves, but was pushed back a day in the pitching schedule after rain ended up postponing that contest. The rookie right-hander will now square off against Nick Pivetta as the Marlins kick off a four-game set in Philadelphia.
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