Red Sox Part With Javy Lopez

May 11, 2009 | 10:21 am | 3  

Struggling left-handed reliever Javy Lopez was designated for assignment Sunday by the Red Sox to make room on the roster for hard-throwing right-handed reliever Daniel Bard.

Lopez, 31, who pitched for the Rockies in 2004 and 2005 before being claimed on waivers by the Diamondbacks in April 2005, joined the Red Sox in June 2006 and was a member of their 2007 club that swept the Rockies in the World Series. Lopez was a left-handed specialist for Boston, who went 2-1 with a 3.10 in 2007 in 61 games and last season went 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 70 games but was pitching very poorly this year.

In 14 games, Lopez went 0-2 with a 9.26 ERA and allowed 31 baserunners in 11 2/3 innings. Boston manager Terry Francona told reporters, “He’s a nice kid, he’s a gentleman, he works hard. He’s just having a hard time getting people out. Being the specialty guy, we weren’t using him in that role. We were using him kind of in mop-up. The way we were using him, we weren’t getting the most out of our bullpen.”

Bard, 23, taken 28th overall out of the University of North Carolina in the 2006 draft, has a fastball that regularly registers in the upper 90s and has hit three digits. He began the season at Triple-A Pawtucket where he went 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 11 games with five walks, 29 strikeouts and just six hits allowed in 16 innings.

The Red Sox have 10 days to trade, release or seek waivers on Lopez, who lives in the Denver area and whom they acquired from the White Sox on June 15, 2006, for reliever David Riske.

3 Comments »

  • Mike | May 11, 2009 | 10:58 am

    His extreme cross-fire approach was fairly successful in the LOOGY role. However, he walked too many lefties. It’s also difficult to carry true LOOGY’s given today’s pitching patterns. Bullpens need to be able to handle a lot of innings.

  • David Martin | May 11, 2009 | 3:27 pm

    I agree with Mike on this one…he is the kind of guy who will wind up with some organization, somewhere. Teams are always looking for a lefty who throws from a tough arm angle with past success.

  • Karl | May 11, 2009 | 7:10 pm

    Lefty’s are still a special breed of pitcher. He will catch on and find a role. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the Mets pick him up to try to neutralize the bats of the Phillies. Would also get him back in the National League to get a change of venue with hitters being familiar with him currently.