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Friday, June 1, 2012
Cubs claim Asencio, designate Bowden


The Chicago Cubs claimed pitcher Jairo Asencio off waivers from the Cleveland Indians and designated reliever Michael Bowden for assignment Friday.

Ascencio, 28, had a 5.96 ERA in 18 games with 21 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings with the Indians this season. He will replace Bowden, a Waubonsie Valley High School product who was sent to Chicago in the Marlon Byrd trade with the Boston Red Sox.

Bowden has a 7.45 ERA in 10 games with the Cubs.