Lopez was designated for assignment by the Cubs, just as Bowden was by the Boston Red Sox before he was traded Saturday, along with a player to be named later, for Marlon Byrd and cash considerations.
“If he clears waivers and everything, we want to keep [Lopez] in the organization and put him in the rotation down in Triple-A,” manager Dale Sveum said. “Hopefully that happens and he elects to go down there as well.”
Lopez is now in a 10-day window when he can be claimed by another team. If nobody claims him he still can avoid going to Triple-A Iowa by becoming a free agent.
The veteran right-hander pitched well in spring training, convincing the Cubs to send Randy Wells to Triple-A to open the season. Lopez wasn’t actually on the Opening Day roster since the Cubs claimed infielder Luis Valbuena off waivers that day, but was added a day later.
In four outings this season, all in relief, Lopez was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA over 6 1/3 innings with five walks and two strikeouts. Opponents batted .320 against him, the highest mark of any Cubs pitcher.