Lopez has struck out 33 batters in his last three starts at Double-A Harrrisburg. He has also recorded double-digit strikeouts in three of his last five starts. On the season, he owns a 3.56 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 68.1 innings.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker said after Sunday's game that Michael Taylor will start in center field against left-handed pitching going forward, with Revere starting only against right-handers, The Washington Post reports.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker acknowledged after Thursday's game that Kelley would be his interim closer while Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) was on the DL, The Washington Post reports. “This is what we settled upon,” Baker said. “Mike [Maddux, the Nats' pitching coach] and I talked about it, and we think he’s best suited for that until Pap gets back.”