The Cubs designated RHP Rodrigo Lopez for assignment today to make room for Michael Bowden on the roster.
After Lopez failed to field two infield ground balls, leading to two Geovany Soto errors, and issuing a walk in yesterday’s disastrous sixth inning, where Lopez went 1/3 of an inning, this isn’t terribly surprising. That’s not to say one bad outing is the reason Lopez is being shown the door. He had given up 8 hits, 4 walks, and 4 earned runs before yesterday in 6 innings out of the bullpen. His ERA actually went down yesterday from 6.00 to 5.68, as both runs credited to him were unearned, although, I would make the case they were still his responsibility. For the most part this season, he has been getting hammered routinely, leaving little mystery to opposing hitters.
The Cubs now have 10 days to trade, release, or send Lopez to a minor league team. If I were to guess, however, I would guess that this is the end of the line for the 36 year old journeyman pitcher from Mexico.