6/1 Cubs claim Asencio
The Cubs bullpen got a new arm Friday when they added right-handed pitcher Jairo Asencio. He was claimed off waivers from the Indians and Michael Bowden was designated for assignment. Bowden, an Illinois native, had a 7.45 ERA in 10 games with the Cubs, giving up eight earned runs on 14 hits and five walks over 9 2/3 innings. He had appeared in two games with the Red Sox and given up one earned run on two hits in three innings. The Red Sox designated him for assignment on April 15, and the Cubs acquired him April 21 to complete the Marlon Byrd trade. In eight games in May, bowden had a 9.95 ERA, giving up seven runs on 11 hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings.
Asencio has a 5.96 ERA in 18 games with the Indians, giving up 17 earned runs on 27 hits (including four homers) and eight walks over 25 2/3 innings. He came up in the Braves system and was traded to the Indians on March 29 for cash considerations, then designated for assignment on May 28.
— Carrie Muskat