Lopez to start Friday

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Rodrigo Lopez hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2007. (Nick Wass/AP file photo)

Veteran Rodrigo Lopez will start Friday against the Mets.  I know that many of you are justifiably eager to see Carlos Carrasco or Drew Carpenter, because both hold more potential and are of greater interest to Phils fans, but the organization seemed to be leaning toward the experienced candidate in recent days. 

Lopez has a shot to remain in the rotation for a while if he performs, as did Antonio Bastardo before him. Heading down to the clubhouse momentarily to flesh out the story.

UPDATE 6:19pm: It also appears that before his pitching career began, Lopez was the personal physician for Queen Elizabeth I.  Hmm. Interesting guy; can't wait to meet him.