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Should Jose Ascanio Be Added to the 25 Man Roster?

Should Jose Ascanio Be Added to the 25 Man Roster?

Ascanio could return to the 25-man roster this week.

Jose Ascanio started tonight's Indianapolis Indians game, making his final rehab appearance during his time on the 15-day disabled list.  A quick look at the 40-man roster page shows that Ascanio is out of options, which means that when he is eligible to return, he will have to go on the 25-man roster, or be designated for assignment.

Ascanio started his rehab stint on April 11th.  By rule, rehab time for pitchers can last up to 30 days, which means Ascanio needs to be added to the roster on Wednesday.  The question is, who does he replace?

Joel Hanrahan, Chris Resop, and Jose Veras are out of the question, for the obvious reason of their performance (and side note, I'm not worried about Resop, since I don't think his last two outings negate his first 14 of the season).  Daniel McCutchen came up to replace Ross Ohlendorf on the 25-man roster, but has certainly earned his spot, with a 0.00 ERA in 14 innings so far this year. ...

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