Jose Ascanio Cubs reliever in off-field scuffle
Jose Ascanio-R- Cubs Feb. 24 - 3:28 pm et
Jose Ascanio had a black eye Sunday after being punched by a would-be robber outside a Scottsdale convenience store.
"He went over to Circle-K last night and evidently somebody … he got punched a few times by a guy who was looking for some money," manager Lou Piniella said. Ascanio, a long shot to win a spot in the Cubs pen out of spring training, is expected to resume throwing Monday.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Cubs reliever in off-field scuffle
By Paul Sullivan, 1:39 p.m.
MESA, Ariz.- Cubs reliever Jose Ascanio showed up at camp on Sunday with a black eye after being punched by a would-be robber outside a Scottsdale convenience store.
While information was still sketchy on Sunday, manager Lou Piniella said the incident happened Saturday night.
"He went over to Circle-K last night and evidently somebody … he got punched a few times by a guy who was looking for some money," Piniella said.
Piniella said the perpetrator escaped without being arrested. He did not know if Ascanio filed a police report. Ascanio was taken to a local hospital, the Cubs said, but was treated and released.
Ascanio was unavailable for comment after Sunday's workout at Fitch Park, having already left the complex by the time Piniella talked about the incident. A 22-year-old reliever acquired from Atlanta in December in the Will Ohman trade, Ascanio is listed at 6-foot, 170 pounds.
"He didn't get robbed," Piniella said. "The guy asked for money and evidently the young man said 'I don't have any money,' and the guy punched him a few times. So he went over to the hospital. His (left) eye was closed and he had some swelling on the left side of his face."
Ascanio's injury is not serious, and Piniella said he'd be able to throw on Monday. Piniella joked: "If I need some food, from now on I'm going to have room service."
It's been a strange weekend at Cubs camp, and Piniella needed a laugh.
"I'm not making light of the subject, but those things aren't common occurrences," he said. "He's going to be fine. He just got hit a few times."