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Diamondbacks’ Prospect Yoan Lopez Sidelined With Elbow Stiffness

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Mar 30, 2015; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Yoan Lopez (32) throws during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

One of the top prospects of the Arizona Diamondbacks has suffered a setback. Right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez, the #5 prospect in the D-backs’ system according to mlb.com, has been placed on the Minor League disabled list because of elbow tightness and stiffness, according to Steve Gilbert at mlb.com.

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The 22-year old Lopez, signed by the organization from Cuba in the offseason, is currently with the Double A Mobile Bay Bears. He is 1-6 with a 4.69 ERA in ten games, nine of them starts. In 48 innings pitched, he has allowed 46 hits and 24 walks while striking out 32. Lopez was roughed up in his last start, lasting only three innings and giving up seven earned runs on five hits and four walks. That ballooned his ERA from 3.60 to the current 4.69.

Lopez inked a $8.27 million dollar contract in January and his signing cost Arizona over $16 million because of the penalty paid for going over their international signing pool. We are now conditioned to leap to the conclusion that any problem with a pitching elbow will automatically mean Tommy John surgery. Let’s hope that’s not the case here.

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