Lopez accepts assignment to Triple-A Iowa

CHICAGO – Rodrigo Lopez didn’t need a lot of time to weigh his options, deciding to accept his outright to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday right after clearing waivers.

Lopez could have become a free agent in the hopes of landing a big-league job, but it likely would have been as a reliever since he was being used out of the Cubs bullpen to start the season.

Instead he agreed to report to Iowa where he is expected to join the rotation, giving him options to start or relieve the next time the Cubs need somebody for the pitching staff.

The 36-year-old right-hander saw limited action, posting a 5.68 ERA over four outings (6 1/3 innings) as the long man.

The Cubs announced Monday that Lopez had been designated for assignment to bring aboard right-hander Michael Bowden, who was acquired over the weekend in the trade that sent Marlon Byrd to the Boston Red Sox.