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Rockies to place Lopez on DL with torn flexor tendon

MIAMI -- Colorado Rockies right-hander Rodrigo Lopez's elbow
injury has been diagnosed as a torn flexor tendon, and he'll be
placed on the disabled list for the second time this season.

Lopez left a game Thursday against Los Angeles with forearm
tightness after pitching 6 2/3 innings. An MRI exam Monday led to
the diagnosis.

Rookie right-hander Jason Hirsh, on the disabled list since July
3 with a sprained right ankle, will take Lopez's place in the
rotation and start Thursday at Florida. Hirsh is 4-7 with a 4.90
ERA.

Lopez was sidelined six weeks in April and May with a strained
right elbow. He's 5-4 this year with a 4.42 ERA.