From the Wire … Cubs Acquire Justin Germano from the Red Sox, Designate Jairo Asencio for Assignment

Following Thursday’s game, the Cubs announced they acquired right-handed pitcher Justin Germano from the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations. To make room on the active roster and 40-man roster for Germano, the Cubs designated Jairo Asencio for assignment. The Cubs 40-man roster remains at 40 players with Thursday’s roster moves.

The Red Sox designated Justin Germano for assignment on July 13 after just one appearance. Germano signed a minor league deal with the Sox on January 10 and Boston added him to their 40-man roster on July 4. Germano pitched in just one game for the Sox and did not allow a run in 5 2/3 innings. Germano struck out seven, walked two and surrendered five hits to the Yankees on July 7.

Justin Germano, a 29-year old right-hander (August 6, 1982), was selected by the Padres in the 13 round of the 2000 draft. Germano spent 2010 and 2011 with the Cleveland Indians and was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP in nine games last season.

Justin Germano spent the beginning of the season in Triple-A. In 17 games, 16 starts, for Pawtucket, Germano posted a 9-4 record with a 2.40 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. In 105 innings, Germano gave up 82 hits, walked 13 and struck out 72.

Justin Germano’s Page on Baseball-Reference

The Cubs claimed Jairo Asencio off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on June 1. Asencio did not have a decision in 12 appearances for Dale Sveum. Asencio allowed 12 hits, walked 11 and struck out eight in 14 2/3 innings (3.07 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP).

Jairo Asencio’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Justin Germano is expected to join the Cubs in St. Louis in time for Friday’s opener.

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