Manager Lou Piniella promised -- and seemingly threatened -- to make changes to his team's…
Now It Is Ascanio's Turn
Acquired from Atlanta December 4, 2007, for pitcher Will Ohman and infielder Omar Infante, Ascanio made six relief appearances in two stints for Chicago in 2008. He spent the majority of the year with Iowa, going 2-1 with 11 saves and a 5.10 ERA (31 ER/54.2 IP) in 40 relief appearances.
Originally signed by Atlanta as a non-drafted free agent in October of 2001, Ascanio owns a 1-1 record with a 5.82 ERA (14 ER/21.2 IP) in 19 major league relief outings with the Braves (2007) and Cubs (2008). In 181 career minor league contests (25 starts), he is 21-15 with 30 saves and a 3.59 ERA (153 ER/383.2 IP), striking out 343 while walking just 135.
Fox, 38, was selected by Chicago May 6 and made two relief appearances for the Cubs after going 1-0 with two saves and a 1.59 ERA (2 ER/11.1 IP) in 11 games for Iowa to start the year. He appeared in three games for Chicago in May of 2008 before an injured right elbow sidelined him for the remainder of the season – it was his first big league action since 2005 with the Cubs.
A member of Florida's 2003 World Championship squad, Fox has gone 10-12 with six saves and a 3.79 ERA (96 ER/228.0 IP) in all or part of 10 major league seasons with Atlanta (1997), Milwaukee (1998-99, 2001-02), Boston (2003), Florida (2003-04) and the Cubs (2005, 2008-09).
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