San Francisco Giants left-handed reliever Javier Lopez sustained a bruise to his pitching hand after he was struck by a short-hop batted ball Tuesday. Manager Bruce Bochy said the ball ricocheted and hit him in the chin, but X-rays revealed no fracture to Lopez's hand.
Lopez has been a rock for the Giants since arriving in July 2010 from the Pittsburgh Pirates and is coming off a great 2012 season. The 35-year-old went 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA in 70 games allowing 37 hits, 10 earned runs, 14 walks, 28 strikeouts and recorded seven saves in 36 innings. Lopez held left-handed batters to a .191 batting average and was dominant at AT&T Park yielding just a .163 average to the opposition. Opponents batted .270 off him in 2012.
Lopez was terrific in the postseason in limited action going 0-0 producing a 0.00 ERA surrendering zero hits, two walks and four strikeouts in five games.
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