The Chicago Cubs have outrighted relief pitcher Jairo Asencio to Triple-A Iowa, as Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Asencio was designated for assignment by Chicago after the team acquired pitcher Justin Germano in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.
Asencio, 28, appeared in 12 games with the Cubs this season, posting a 3.07 ERA with eight strikeouts and 11 walks over 14.2 innings. He also appeared in 18 games with the Cleveland Indians this season, posting a 5.96 ERA, although his peripheral statistics were actually better than in his stint with Chicago.
Given that Asencio was designated for assignment, he had to accept this assignment to Triple-A. He could have denied the assignment in order to become a free agent, but instead he'll head to Iowa to try to work his way back into the mix with the North Siders.
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