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Report: Astacio’s Trial Postponed

June 23, 2000

DENVER (AP) _ Pedro Astacio’s domestic violence trial reportedly has been delayed, ensuring the Colorado Rockies right-hander will not be deported in the midst of the team’s surprising season.

Astacio, who is 6-4 with a 4.63 ERA in 15 starts, faced possible deportation to the Dominican Republic if convicted at trial July 5. The trial has been delayed until November, KCNC-TV in Denver reported Friday.

Rockies officials could not be immediately reached for comment Friday as Colorado prepared to open a three-game series at Arizona.

Astacio, 30, initially pleaded guilty to third-degree assault but was allowed to withdraw the plea after immigration officials began deportation proceedings. His original trial date would have fallen in the middle of a 10-day road trip leading up to the All-Star break.

Astacio was arrested Aug. 12, one day after his estranged wife told Greenwood Village police that he hit her in the right eye during an argument at the home the couple shared until their separation last June 23.

Police reports said Ana Astacio had swelling and a red mark on her face. Astacio later admitted being at the house, but denied he hit Ana.

Acquired by Colorado in a 1997 trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Astacio signed a four-year contract extension in 1998 worth $23 million.

The right-hander went 17-11 with a 5.04 ERA last season and finished third in the NL with 210 strikeouts.