Cubs add Lopez, get seven arms in bullpen


CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs pitching staff was reinforced Saturday as Rodrigo Lopez joined the bullpen in the long-man role.

The Cubs started the season with an 11-man pitching staff after claiming infielder Luis Valbuena off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lopez was the odd man out as long man, but now that the club is on the other side of Friday’s off day, the bullpen was reinforced to seven members.

“[Lopez] is a veteran guy that knows how to pitch, but with his slider being back to where he wants it to be, he becomes a lot more versatile throughout the whole lineup and the game when you can use him,” manager Dale Sveum said.

Valbuena was reassigned to Triple-A Iowa.