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Wilton Lopez | Relief Pitcher

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/19/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 199
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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The Rockies have returned Wilton Lopez to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Lopez was never officially activated by the Rockies Saturday. The Rockies have decided to add Rob Scahill to their bullpen instead. Jun 22 - 2:06 PM

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Rockies purchased the contract of RHP Wilton Lopez from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Lopez was optioned to Triple-A back in April and designated for assignment earlier this month, but now he's back in the majors to provide some bullpen depth. Chris Martin was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding roster move while Michael Cuddyer has been moved to the 60-day DL.
Jun 21 - 2:19 PM

Rockies sent RHP Wilton Lopez outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Lopez had already been pitching for the Rockies Triple-A affiliate, but was designated for assignment earlier in the week to create room on the 40-man roster. The veteran right-hander will continue to function as organizational bullpen depth.
Jun 14 - 9:13 AM

Rockies designated RHP Wilton Lopez for assignment.

It wasn't too long ago that Lopez was a quality reliever in MLB, but he was demoted by the Rockies two months ago and had a 4.66 ERA over 29 innings in Triple-A. The Rockies still owe him a little over $1 million for the rest of the season.
Jun 9 - 5:37 PM

Rockies optioned RHP Wilton Lopez to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

It's been quite a fall for Lopez, who was a great reliever and occasional closer just a couple years ago with the Astros. He was inconsistent last year with the Rox and was blasted for eight runs and 18 hits over his first 6 1/3 relief innings this season. Lopez will try to regroup at the minor league level.
Apr 9 - 1:33 PM

Wilton Lopez missed his scheduled bullpen session on Sunday due to stiffness in his neck.

It's not considered a serious issue at this point, but will be something to monitor moving forward. The veteran right-hander is expected to work in the sixth or seventh inning this season, getting the ball to Rex Brothers and LaTroy Hawkins.
Feb 23 - 4:35 PM

Rockies and RHP Wilton Lopez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.2 million contract.

Lopez posted an underwhelming 4.06 ERA and 48/18 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings last season, but the Rockies are optimistic that he'll have better results in 2014. The 30-year-old was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Jan 16 - 5:38 PM

The Rockies are expected to tender a contract to Wilton Lopez before Monday night's deadline.

Lopez had a disappointing 4.06 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 75 1/3 innings this past summer for Colorado, but the 30-year-old right-hander still has very good career numbers and the Rockies think he can bounce back in 2014. He is arbitration-eligible for the second time.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 08:47:00 AM

Wilton Lopez was ejected from Thursday's game against the Nationals for objecting to consecutive balk calls in the seventh inning.

Lopez was furious after he was called for back-to-back balks by second base umpire Bob Davidson, which allowed the tying run to score. He was yelling at first base umpire and crew chief John Hirschbeck before he got tossed.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 05:24:00 PM

Wilton Lopez tossed 1 1/3 perfect relief innings in Saturday's 10-2 drubbing of the Giants.

Lopez held a 12.46 ERA on April 12 and has been working since to minimize the toll his early-season woes wrought on his earned run average. He finished his first month in Colorado with a 6.17 ERA, but has been the reliever the Rockies believed they were acquiring over the winter since, posting a 2.08 ERA over 8 2/3 innings. Interestingly, Lopez had a superb 8/0 K/BB rate during his awful April and has notched a sub-mediocre 3/3 K/BB rate in May.
Sun, May 19, 2013 03:05:00 AM

Wilton Lopez holds a 10.80 ERA and has allowed 10 hits in just 3 1/3 innings so far this season.

Much of the damage came on Opening Day, when Lopez allowed three runs on four hits over an inning of work. Still, he's given up a run an six hits since then while striking out just one batter. The reliever's velocity has been down a tick so far, but so far there's been no talk that last year's elbow issue is a problem again. Lopez could get passed by Rex Brothers as the Rockies' backup plan at closer if his struggles continue.
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 12:47:00 PM

Rockies avoided arbitration with RHP Wilton Lopez by signing him to a one-year, $1.7625 million contract.

Lopez was arbitration-eligible for the first time. The right-hander has posted a 2.64 ERA over the last three seasons and will help set up for the Rockies in 2013 after coming over from Houston in a trade last month.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 06:21:00 PM

Rockies acquired RHP Wilton Lopez and a player to be named later or cash from the Astros in exchange for RHPs Alex White and Alex Gillingham.

The deal has officially been announced, so obviously the Rockies are convinced that Lopez's elbow isn't an issue. As long as he stays healthy, the right-hander should be a nice setup man for the Rockies, as he's put up a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the last three seasons for the Astros. White failed miserably in Colorado but is an intriguing pickup by Houston.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 11:16:00 PM

MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports that the Rockies have acquired Wilton Lopez from the Astros.

No word yet on who the Astros will receive in return, but the Denver Post's Troy Renck reported earlier that it was expected to be two pitching prospects. A potential deal last week sending Lopez to the Phillies was nixed reportedly due to a physical concern with the righty, so don't etch this one down in stone until he passes a physical.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 10:57:00 PM

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are "closing in" on a trade for Wilton Lopez.

The Phillies reached an agreement to acquire Lopez last week, but the deal reportedly fell through due to physical issues with the right-hander. Evidently that hasn't deterred the Rockies from pursuing him. Lopez deal with elbow issues with the Astros in 2012 but posted a 1.85 ERA over his final 32 games after returning from the DL. Renck expects the Astros to receive two young pitchers in the deal.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 10:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilin Rosario
2Michael McKenry
1B1Justin Morneau
2B1D.J. LeMahieu
2Charlie Culberson
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Josh Rutledge
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1Corey Dickerson
CF1Charlie Blackmon
2Drew Stubbs
3Brandon Barnes
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
2Michael Cuddyer
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jhoulys Chacin
2Jorge De La Rosa
3Brett Anderson
4Tyler Chatwood
5Jordan Lyles
6Christian Bergman
7Tyler Matzek
8Franklin Morales
9Yohan Flande
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1LaTroy Hawkins
2Rex Brothers
3Adam Ottavino
4Matt Belisle
5Boone Logan
6Tommy Kahnle
7Nick Masset
8Rob Scahill