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Marlins' starting pitcher Pablo Lopez should resume bullpen sessions this week.
Lopez has missed the entirety of the second half of the season with a shoulder strain. With less than a month remaining on the regular season schedule, it seems as though Lopez could make it back for minimal work at the end of the season, but it seems unlikely that he'll provide much fantasy relevance in terms of fantasy playoff matchups.
Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez has returned to Miami after just one rehab appearance at Triple-A. As Christina De Nicola of MLB.com notes, "he is not being shut down, there will just be a delay in his progression."
Lopez is 5-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and .227 OBA through 19 starts this season. He has walked 25 batters while striking out 111 along the way. The right-hander has been out since July 17th with a right rotator cuff strain.
Marlins RHP Pablo Lopez (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Jacksonville on Saturday.
Lopez has been sidelined since July 11th with his shoulder injury. The righty will likely need multiple rehab starts before rejoining Miami's rotation sometime in September.
After a bullpen session on Monday, Pablo Lopez threw another one on Thursday, this time in Cincinnati with the rest of the ball club.
Lopez throwing two bullpen sessions in a week bodes well for his chances to return somewhat soon. It's fair to assume that Lopez will ramp up his bullpen sessions and then potentially make a rehab start before finally making his return to the major league level.
Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez was spotted throwing a live bullpen session in Miami Monday afternoon. The news comes a week after he began throwing pitch numbered bullpen sessions with no hitters.
Lopez seems to be nearing his return, which is great news for any fantasy managers who have managed to hold onto him since he went down with injury. He currently has a 3.03 ERA with 111 strikeouts across 101 innings pitched.