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White Sox Reliever Reynaldo Lopez Dealing with Back Soreness

Lopez is unavailable for Wednesday's series finale in Colorado.
Reynaldo Lopez Chicago White Sox Bullpen Role

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The Chicago White Sox will be without reliever Reynaldo Lopez in Wednesday's game against the Colorado Rockies. Manager Tony La Russa said the righty is currently dealing with back soreness, which he began to feel after his last outing on July 23.

Lopez has been a pleasant surprise this year. He has been effective in every role, whether it be middle relief, long relief, high-leverage situations, or one spot start. His widespread usage has been largely due to the excessive number of injuries the pitching staff has suffered this season.

Reynaldo Lopez's performance in various roles has been a much-needed stabilizing force to keep the Sox afloat in the standings. In what’s been a career-defining year, Lopez has pitched to a 2.98 ERA in 42.1 innings of work. He’s fanned 44 and issued only eight walks.

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It is unknown whether any of the other high-leverage arms are available Wednesday. Kendall Graveman, Joe Kelly, and Liam Hendriks each pitched an inning in Tuesday night’s win. A common occurrence in 2022, the aforementioned pitchers have often not available in back-to-back games. If that pattern holds true, Tanner Banks, Jimmy Lambert, Matt Foster, and Jose Ruiz will likely carry the load for the Chicago White Sox bullpen in the series finale.