Prior to tonight’s game, the Marlins activated RHP Pablo Lopez from the 10-Day IL and optioned LHP Jose Quijada to Triple-A New Orleans. Lopez has been on the injured list since June 19th with a right shoulder strain. Tonight, he finally makes his return after more than two months out of Major League action.
Nothing official, but looks like Jose Quijada has been optioned to clear roster spot for Pablo Lopez.
His name plate has been taken off his locker. #Marlins
— Wells Dusenbury (@DuseReport) August 26, 2019
Before being put on the injured list, Lopez accumulated a 5-5 record with a 4.23 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 76.2 innings pitched. Those are not terrible numbers, in fact, he would have a sub-4 ERA if it weren’t for his disastrous start against the Mets back in May where he allowed 10 earned runs in three innings of work.
Pablo’s time rehabbing in the minors was definitely rough. In five games started, he has an 8.79 ERA and only 14.1 innings pitched. However, he did finish his time in the minors on a positive note. His last start, he logged six innings, allowing one earned run with five strikeouts.
Shoulder injuries are one of the toughest injuries to come back from. Pitchers have to get a feel for their pitches again and have to make sure their mechanics are in sync. It’s definitely a tedious journey but Pablo can definitely bounce back from this injury, he done it before.
In order to make room for Pablo on the roster, Jose Quijada had to be optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. Quijada has been struggling lately at the Major League level. In his last seven games, he’s pitched five innings of relief and allowed 8 earned runs with 7 walks. His last appearance against the Phillies didn’t do him any favors. He pitched 0.2 innings, walked four and allowed two earned runs. He has good stuff, just needs to work on his control, like many young pitchers.
Let’s see if we see the same Pablo Lopez tonight who throws pitches like this… (via @IanPostPL)
Here's a sneak peek of my GIF Breakdown of Pablo Lopez's 2019 debut that will be out tomorrow for @PitcherList.
86mph CH that disappears in on Ian Desmond's hands. Beautiful. pic.twitter.com/WWwhQSzWe2
— Ian Post (@IanPostPL) April 4, 2019