Morales activated, Aceves optioned to Triple A

Morales activated, Aceves optioned to Triple A
May 28, 2013, 5:45 pm
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BOSTON -- As expected, the Red Sox activated lefty Franklin Morales from the disabled list today and optioned Alfredo Aceves back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
 
Morales has been on the DL all season with back and pectoral muscle ailments. He has made five minor-league rehab appearances this season, all on a starter’s schedule. Although Morales will work out of the bullpen, the Sox wanted him to get stretched out in case a need for a spot start arose. He will be available tonight.
 
Aceves was called up Friday, when Shane Victorino (hamstring) and Will Middlebrooks (back) were placed on the DL. He pitched one inning out of the bullpen that night, and started Monday in place of Clay Buchholz, who was scratched with inflammation in the AC joint of his right shoulder.
 
Aceves started the season with the Sox, but was demoted to Pawtucket on April 24.  Despite his solid effort Monday -- six innings, giving up one run on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts and a home run –- Aceves, who is in his final season with options, was always the most likely candidate to be sent back.
 
“Even despite the way he pitched, I don’t think anyone likes to be sent back to the minor leagues,” said manager John Farrell. “Whether or not he sensed this was coming, I don’t know that. That didn’t come up in our conversation. The fact remains, what we challenged him with when he went down after the Oakland start [on April 23] he’s been doing that more regularly, commanding the baseball, working ahead in the count. He pitched to his defense last night. He’s a major league pitcher who’s had a lot of success in his career. This is disappointing for him and recognize that. But that’s where he’s at right now.”
 
Farrell would like to see Aceves continue those improvements with the PawSox.
 
“Situations like this, hopefully it’s 24 hours and he’s over it and he recognizes he’s got every ability to impact his career going forward,” Farrell said. “And to maybe let the disappointment linger isn’t going to do anyone any good. It's easy for me to sit here and say that and yet it’s his career. He’s healthy, throwing the ball well, and he’ll find his way back to the major leagues.”