Aceves outrighted to Pawtucket, off 40-man roster

Aceves outrighted to Pawtucket, off 40-man roster
July 15, 2013, 12:45 am
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NEW YORK - With a simple roster maneuver Sunday, the Red Sox further distanced themselves from pitcher Alfredo Aceves.

The Red Sox outright Aceves to the Pawtucket roster, removing him from the team's 40-man roster and casting his future with the organization into question.

Aceves had been promoted to the major league club early last week when injuries and bullpen usage necessitated some fresh arms in relief.

But despite going into the game Tuesday in the third inning after rookie starter Allen Webster faltered and team needed some length from its bullpen, Aceves was pulled after completing the third inning, which was just two thirds of the frame.

The following day, Aceves was returned to Pawtucket as the club exchanged relievers, promoting Steven Wright and Brandon Workman from Triple-A.

At the time, manager John Farrell was somewhat evasive when asked why Aceves had pitched so briefly, offering that the Sox opted to go with lefty Craig Breslow in the fourth to present a different look to the Seattle Mariners lineup. Farrell also denied that Aceves was injured.

(Farrell acknowledged that Aceves had complained of some "tightness" in his left side prior to being called up, but indicated that the pitcher was healthy enough to pitch.)

Aceves has had a checkered season with the Red Sox, at times pitching well as a spot starter, but proving ineffective and at times seemingly disinterested when pitching out of the bullpen.

Aceves and the new manager clashed in spring training when Aceves purposely pitched a live batting practice session at half speed. He also enraged teammates in April when after being outpitched by Oakland's Bartolo Colon and committing two balks, he complained that he didn't get better run support.

More recently, Aceves appeared to have distanced himself from his major league teammates. On Tuesday at Safeco Field he isolated himself while the rest of the pitchers shagged fly balls in batting practice, standing by himself on the foul line.

"He doesn't belong here, and he knows it," a clubhouse source told earlier this week.

The move to outright Aceves means the Red Sox have already exposed him to waivers and that he cleared them without being claimed by any of the other 29 teams in the game.

The outright leaves the Red Sox with 39 players on their 40-man roster, meaning the organization could conceivably add a player through trade in the coming days or weeks without worrying about first clearing a roster spot.

It also sends a strong message to Aceves that he doesn't factor in the team's plans for the immediate future.