January 6, 2012
MLB notes: Cubs shortstop accused of assault
By QMI Agency
Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is wanted for questioning by Chicago police regarding an alleged sexual assault last fall, although no charges have been filed.
A woman accused Castro of the assault last fall, but Castro had left for his home in the Dominican Republic by the time the woman reported the incident to police 12 hours later, Chicago media outlets reported Friday.
Police have not interviewed Castro in person, as he has been out of the country for the off-season.
The alleged victim said she met Castro at a nightclub and left with him to his apartment where the alleged attack took place.
Castro's attorneys called the accusation "baseless." The shortstop is scheduled to be in Chicago next week.
M'S ADD JAPANESE ACE
The Seattle Mariners have added starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma to their rotation.
Iwakuma, one of the premier pitchers in Japan over the past decade, has signed a one-year deal with the Mariners. The 30-year-old will earn $1.5 million with another $3.4 million available in performance bonuses, MLB.com reported.
Iwakuma signed with the Mariners a year after failing to reach a deal with the Oakland Athletics, who had paid a posting fee for the right to negotiate with him.
The Mariners expect him to be their No. 3 starter behind Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda.
The right-hander was the Pacific League's most valuable player in 2008 when he went 21-4 with a 1.87 earned-run average. He has a career mark of 107-69 in 226 games with Kintetsu and Rakuten.
CUBS GET FIRST BASE PHENOM
The Chicago Cubs acquired Anthony Rizzo, a highly regarded first base prospect, Friday from the San Diego Padres, along with minor-league pitcher Zach Cates, for pitcher Andrew Cashner and minor-league outfielder Kyung-Min Na.
Rizzo, 22, is expected to start the season at triple-A. Bryan LaHair is projected as the Cubs first baseman.
Rizzo batted .331 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI at triple-A in 2011, and .141 in 128 at-bats for the Padres.
Cashner, 25, missed most of last season because of a strained shoulder.
CARDS' DUNCAN TAKES LEAVE
Derek Lilliquist will serve as pitching coach for the St. Louis Cardinals in place of Dave Duncan, who is taking a leave of absence to be with his wife while she recovers from surgery.
Lilliquist, 45, was the bullpen coach last season and served as the team's pitching coach last August when Duncan was with his wife, Jeanine, as she underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour.
It's not known how long Duncan will be away.