MIAMI (AP) -Colorado Rockies right-hander Rodrigo Lopez's elbow injury has been diagnosed as a torn flexor tendon, and he will be placed on the disabled list for the second time this season.
Lopez left a game Thursday against Los Angeles with forearm tightness after pitching 6 2-3 innings. An MRI exam Monday revealed the diagnosis.
Rookie right-hander Jason Hirsh, on the disabled list since July 3 with a sprained right ankle, will take Lopez's place in the rotation and start Thursday at Florida. Hirsh is 4-7 with a 4.90 ERA.
Lopez was sidelined six weeks in April and May with a strained right elbow. He is 5-4 this year with a 4.42 ERA.
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