BOSTON -- The Sox bullpen covered six innings in Saturdays game, leaving Valentine somewhat shortened there today. Right-hander Pedro Beato was called up from Pawtucket as reinforcement. Beato, acquired from the Mets earlier this month for catcher Kelly Shoppach, has appeared in seven major league games, spanning 4 13 innings, for the Mets this season. With Pawtucket, he has appeared in two games, spanning three innings, allowing no runs on one hit and one walk with six strikeouts. He last pitched on Friday at Charlotte.
The reason we brought up Pedro was to make sure our bullpen was all right and we were going to throw Franklin Morales back there just in case and decided thats not the thing to do, Valentine said. So I think were all right. We have four guys who are able to go. That should be fine. Again, the only question is what were getting out of Felix because we havent seen him in two weeks.
Valentine will try to avoid using Andrew Bailey, who has pitched three straight days and has made six appearances since making his season debut on Aug. 14. He will also try to stay away from Vicente Padilla, who has also appeared in three consecutive games and four of the last five.
Alfredo Aceves, who was suspended by the team before Saturday's game, will not be available until Tuesday. It is highly unusual for a team to suspend one of its own players. The last player suspended by the Sox was Jim Rice who was docked three games in July 1988 after a shoving incident with manager Joe Morgan.
Valentine, while remaining tight-lipped on Aceves situation, acknowledged the situation is unusual.
I think so, Valentine said. This is an unusual situation.
The Red Sox pitching staff will get another arm thrown into the mix on Monday as Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to be activated.
Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.
Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.
Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.
Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.
Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners.
Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014.
Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.