Aceves back with Sox after suspension; Morales to DL

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Aceves back with Sox after suspension; Morales to DL

ANAHEIM -- Reliever Alfredo Aceves rejoined the Red Sox Tuesday following a three-game suspension by the club for "conduct detrimental'' to the team.

Aceves was suspended Saturday night following a angry display in the bullpen when he wasn't used in a save situation. He later left Bobby Valentine's office after the game, slamming the door as he exited.

Because the suspension was still in place Monday, the Sox didn't allow Aceves to take the team charter Monday, forcing him to fly commerical to the West Coast.

Aceves met with Valentine Tuesday afternoon for about a half hour, then met with the coaching staff for 20 minutes.

"It's all over," said Valentine. "I'm excited about him possibly coming back and helping us win a game. I don't know that I have to explain conversations. He's moving forward, he's in uniform and hopefully he's going to help us win some games."

Aceves declined to answer questions about his suspension or whether he intended to file a grievance with the Players Association.

Asked if he expected to again assume the role of closer, Aceves said: "I wish I could know."

Valentine wouldn't commit to who would handle the ninth inning Tuesday night, noting only that it wouldn't be Andrew Bailey, who had pitched in four of the five previous games.

'He wants to pitch," said Valentine of Bailey. "He said he's fine. But Randy (Niemann) and I think it's a good day for him to have a day off."

To make room for the activation of Aceves, the Red Sox placed Franklin Morales on the disabled list with left shoulder weakness.

"It's a little weak," said Morales, who said he first felt something in his start last week against the Angels.

Morales plans to start throwing again Wednesday and should be able to return when his 15-day stint is up.

"I'm feeling better the last couple of days," said Morales.

Morales becomes the 27th Red Sox player to go on the DL this season, totaling 34 separate stints.

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."