SEATTLE -- When Alfredo Aceves, one of two long men in the Red Sox bullpen, came out after recording just two outs in the third, it seemed as though an injury might have curtailed his outing.
Aceves is stretched out enough to go three or four innings or more, and with the Sox into their pen in the third inning following a poor start from Allen Webster and already short a pitcher, it was widely assumed Aceves would go far deeper.
He was seen wincing some after delivering the last pitch of the inning.
But John Farrell downplayed any physical concerns with Aceves after the 11-8 victory.
"No, he's not [hurt],'' said Farrell. "And yet, at the same time, where we were in their lineup, I felt like we needed to show a left-hander to slow them down (with Craig Breslow taking over for 2 1/3 innings in the fourth).
"There was a feeling of a little tightness on the left side (for Aceves). He wanted to continue, but we just felt like [we] needed to slow the left-handers down.''
Aceves could be a candidate to pitch Sunday, the final day of the first half of the season, when Webster's spot comes around again, but that wouldn't have precluded him from throwing multiple innings on Tuesday.
Asked if he forecast Webster making the scheduled start Sunday, Farrell said: "As of now, yes.''