Farrell: Red Sox 'undecided' on Aceves' next outing

Farrell: Red Sox 'undecided' on Aceves' next outing
April 24, 2013, 2:30 pm
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BOSTON -- John Farrell was asked about comments from Alfredo Aceves, who, after a poor outing (eight runs allowed in 3 1/3 innings, to go along with two walks, a throwing error and a failure to cover first base), questioned of his teammates: "Why didn't they hit?"
     
"I did read his comments," said Farrell. "I will say this: Setting the elements aside, (Oakland starter) Bartolo (Colon) was as sharp as he's been this year. And when he's on, he can shut a team down. He came in here undefeated and remains that way. I don't know if in that context Alfredo was calling out his teammates. I don't believe he was.
     
"There was some frustration. I don't know how to describe it other than some indecision on his part inside that game and if that's how he chooses to describe it, I wouldn't put it on his teammates, by any means."
     
Tellingly, Farrell wouldn't commit to using Aceves as his starter for Sunday even if John Lackey -- currently on the DL -- is unable to go.
     
"You've got to perform to continue to get opportunities," said Farrell. "We're undecided as far as Sunday goes as far as the start. That will become a little more clear tomorrow after Lackey's bullpen. I've had a chance to meet with Alfredo today, just to discuss last night -- not so much a role going forward. But it still comes down to continuing to earn those opportunities and there's been mixed results."
     
Asked if Aceves would be the choice Sunday if Lackey can't pitch, Farrell said: "He'd be one of the candidates. I think it speaks to the pitching depth that continues to evolve and there are multiple candidates."
     
Farrell identified Allen Webster, who made his major league debut Sunday night, would be a candidate to make the start if Lackey isn't cleared.