Lopez designated for assignment; Young on way up
The Colorado Rockies designated infielderfor assignment after Thursday’s 6-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. ., who has played primarily the outfield in the past month, is expected to be recalled Friday before the start of a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Lopez, who struck out to make the final out in Thursday’s loss, hit. 208 with just two home runs and eight RBI in 125 at-bats for the Rockies. The Rockies acquired Lopez from Seattle in December for Triple-A pitcher Chaz Roe, who had fallen from prospect status. Brought in to provide some power at second base, Lopez nearly lost the job in spring training and was quickly pushed aside byonce the season underway. With struggling and currently back in Triple-A, Lopez received extended playing time at third base, but he was unable to get his bat going.
Young was hitting .363 with 13 doubles, eight triples and 17 stolen bases at Colorado Springs. He has played more games in the outfield — 34 in center and left combined — than he has at his original position, second base — 20.