Giants apparently seize LHP Lopez

SAN FRANCISCO — Beating Saturday’s Trade Deadline, the Giants fortified their bullpen by obtaining left-hander Javier Lopez from Pittsburgh for right-hander Joe Martinez, according to a Comcast Sports Net report.

With left-handers Jeremy Affeldt and Dan Runzler sidelined by injuries until possibly late August, the Giants sought a lefty who could neutralize opposing left-handed batters.

Lopez, 33, would seem to fit that description. The 33-year-old Puerto Rican compiled a 2-2 record with a 2.79 ERA in 50 games with Pittsburgh this year. Moreover, he limited left-handed hitters to a .204 average, though right-handers batted .315 against him.

Lopez isn’t particularly overpowering, having struck out 22 batters in 38 2/3 innings this season. Lifetime, he’s 13-9 with a 4.37 ERA in 393 appearances, all in relief.

The Giants will be Lopez’s fifth Major League team. He reached the Majors with Colorado in 2003 and also has pitched for Arizona and Boston before joining Pittsburgh this year.

Martinez, 27, has been primarily a starter in his six-year professional career, though he has bounced between the rotation and bullpen in his stints with the Giants this season and last. Martinez was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in four appearances this year for San Francisco after finishing 3-2, 7.50 in nine games (five starts) with the Giants last season.

— Chris Haft

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