Valentine: Red Sox have no plans to punish Aceves

Valentine: Red Sox have no plans to punish Aceves
September 13, 2012, 11:11 pm
Share This Post

BOSTON The Red Sox have already suspended Alfredo Aceves once this season for three games beginning Aug. 25 after the right-hander took off his shirt in the bullpen when he was not called to close a game the previous night and had a had a heated exchange with Bobby Valentine in the managers office after the game.After he was reinstated, Aceves interfered with a pop-up in foul territory on Sept. 1 in Oakland and got into an animated discussion with Dustin Pedroia.In the latest incident, in the seventh inning Wednesday, Valentine went to the mound to remove Aceves, who had given up a two-run home run to Curtis Granderson, extending the Yankees lead. Rather than hand the ball to the manager, as is customary, Aceves gave the ball to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. As he left the mound, Aceves walked off the back avoiding eye contact with Valentine.It was a clear sign of insubordination and disrespect.But Thursday afternoon, Valentine said the Red Sox have no plans to punish Aceves.You always want people around who know the difference between right and wrong, Valentines said. And sometimes when people dont know the difference between right and wrong you can talk all day long to them and it doesnt matter. In Alfredos case, I think that he understands what hes doing.That means that you know you do something wrong, you understand that theres also consequence.No, Im not fining anyone. How do you collect money when you fine players these days? Thats another part of the system I dont know about either.While the right-hander served a vital role for the Red Sox last season, this season its been more of a mix. He has posted a record of 2-9 with 25 saves a 4.66 ERA along with eight blown saves, most in the American League, tied with Milwaukees John Axford for the major league lead.For most of the season, Valentine had been one of Aceves biggest supporters.I think I knew what I was dealing with from spring training, Valentine said. And you just try to manage every situation that you have to try to manage to the best of the organizations potential. Hes a good pitcher.Could Aceves role be reduced?We have a lot of pitchers, Valentine said. When we need him hell still pitch.