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Phillies’ deal with Astros for Wilton Lopez falls apart after physical exam

Nov 29, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Todd Zolecki of MLB.com now says the Phillies’ trade for Lopez “hit a roadblock and is unlikely to happen” despite being agreed upon pending a physical exam yesterday. Sure sounds like the doctor saw something worrisome in Lopez’s elbow.

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Yesterday the Phillies were reportedly on the verge of trading for Astros reliever Wilton Lopez and the 29-year-old right-hander was actually in Philadelphia taking a physical exam, but now the deal might be on hold.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the trade “appeared to stagnate” and speculates that perhaps the Phillies saw something they didn’t like after examining Lopez’s elbow, which sidelined him briefly this year.

There’s also been some speculation that another team or two jumped into the mix late in an effort to top the Phillies’ offer. As for where the trade stands at this point, that’s unclear, but Salisbury suggests it’s still a possibility.

  1. digbysellers - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Salisbury makes a nice steak.

  2. rawhead08 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Phillies old GM Ed Wade trying to pull a fast one lol

    • stex52 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      You seem to be a little behind the times. Wade was fired in Houston. He is now back in the Phillies scouting organization.

  3. rawhead08 - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Sorry. I don’t sit on the Internet all day ;)

    • bagsy5 - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      Apparently you haven’t “sat on the internet” for the past YEAR. He was fired by the Astros last November and re-hired by the Phillies last December.

    • jeffa43 - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:55 AM

      Don’t ever mention that mans name again! He was a hideous creature impersonating a GM.

      It’s been a year! We are still trying to get past it.

      • Old Phaithful - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM

        Yet he was GM when Utley, Hamels, Howard, et al were scouted and signed. We’ve been pretty harsh on Ed Wade. His moves didn’t pay off until he was fired. Not fair.

  4. SOBEIT - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Houston, we have a problem.

  5. digbysellers - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    nice comment raw…i don’t sit on here all day either and yet somehow, someway i knew he was fired too. what a knucklebuns.

    • pooter21 - Nov 30, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      Did Ed Wade ever REALLY stop working for the Phils ??? Really ? He traded every good Astro to the Phils for a box of used balls and a few bats.

  6. Francisco (FC) - Nov 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Lopez: “Leggo my El-bow!”

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