The Cincinnati Reds have claimed right-handed pitcher Jose Lopez from the San Francisco Giants and optioned him to Triple-A Louisville. To create room for him on the 40-man roster the team designated left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan for assignment.
Jose Lopez, if you recall, was a Cincinnati Reds draft pick and prospect. He was claimed by the Giants from the Reds at the start of spring training when he was put on waivers by the Reds who needed a roster spot opened up. Lopez was the Reds 6th round draft pick out of Seton Hall in 2014, but he didn’t pitch until mid-season in 2015 because he was recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had early in 2014 while in college. He worked his way up from Billings that season, stopped at each level along the way before reaching Triple-A in 2018. The 25-year-old appeared in just three games for the Giants this spring.
For Brandon Finnegan the move is rather interesting. The Reds could have placed Scooter Gennett on the 60-day disabled list to keep him around. Gennett is expected to miss 2-3 months, with the first day eligible to come off of the disabled list being May 25th. Instead the team chose to simply designate Finnegan for assignment. He’s struggled to stay on the field, and perform, since the end of the 2016 season. An early season injury in 2017 limited him to just four starts in Cincinnati. In 2018 he made five starts for the Reds with more walks than strikeouts and an ERA of 7.40. After heading to Triple-A his ERA remained over 7.00 in 67.2 innings for the Louisville Bats.