With a simple roster maneuver Sunday, the Red Sox further distanced themselves from pitcher Alfredo Aceves.
The Red Sox outright Aceves to the Pawtucket roster, removing him from the team's 40-man roster and casting his future with the organization into question.
Aceves had been promoted to the major league club early last week when injuries and bullpen usage necessitated some fresh arms in relief.
But despite going into the game Tuesday in the third inning after rookie starter Allen Webster faltered and team needed some length from its bullpen, Aceves was pulled after completing the third inning, which was just two thirds of the frame.
It's not all that surprising to see Aceves outrighted. The team has obviously grown tired of him, and he hasn't pitched well enough to put himself back in their good graces. His ERA is at 4.86 and his WHIP is a ghastly 1.73. Oh, and just because those stats are conventional, it doesn't mean they're hiding anything: His FIP is 6.36 and his xFIP is 5.06. Alfredo Aceves is not good.
What is surprising is the public disagreements over whether Aceves is injured or not. He made a comment yesterday that his oblique is so bad he doesn't think he can pitch again this season. Meanwhile, John Farrell says he's healthy enough to pitch right now.
Is Farrell just trying to keep his (already terrible) trade value as high as it can be? Is Aceves just making excuses for why he's so bad?
Chris Cotillo of SportsReel Boston tweeted that a source told him Aceves won't be with the Sox much longer. I don't have any sources, but I can tell you the same thing. There's zero chance of this situation rebounding to a place where Aceves plays for the Red Sox again. It doesn't make any sense for them to have him in Pawtucket either -- better to give those appearances to someone who can use him. I'd be surprised if he's still in the organization by the end of the day.
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