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Phils add veteran hurler Lopez on Minors deal

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have signed veteran right-hander Rodrigo Lopez to a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invitation.

Phils fans might remember Lopez, 37. He pitched for Philadelphia in 2009, going 3-1 with a 5.70 ERA in seven appearances (five starts). Pedro Martinez eventually bumped him from the rotation.

Lopez will provide pitching depth to the organization, particularly at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Lopez went 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in four appearances last season with the Cubs.

The Mexican baseball magazine Puro Beisbol first reported the signing.

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