Lopez to Start Friday
The Phillies have decided who will start Friday night against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
It’s not Carlos Carrasco, Andrew Carpenter or Kyle Kendrick.
It’s Rodrigo Lopez.
Lopez is 5-4 with a 3.91 ERA in 13 starts this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He is 65-65 with a 4.80 ERA in his seven-year Major League career. He last pitched for the Rockies in 2007.
Lopez signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies at the end of Spring Training after they watched him pitch in the World Baseball Classic. He had Tommy John surgery in Aug. 2007, and spent most of 2008 recovering. The Braves signed him to a minor-league deal toward the end of last season, but the Braves did not exercise the option they had on him.