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Red Sox make two bullpen changes, including designating Dennys Reyes for assignment

Apr 8, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

Dennys Reyes AP

After six straight losses the Red Sox have made their first moves of the season, placing Matt Albers on the disabled list and designating Dennys Reyes for assignment while replacing them in the bullpen with Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront.

Reyes beat out Hideki Okajima for the left-handed specialist gig during spring training, but is now being cut loose after throwing all of 1.2 innings. He didn’t pitch well, allowing three runs while struggling to throw strikes, but if Reyes was good enough to make the Opening Day roster (and get $900,000) he’s seemingly good enough to stick with for longer than a week.

Instead of replacing him with Okajima the Red Sox are instead turning to Doubront, who began the season on the disabled list with an elbow injury. He’s been exclusively a starter in the minors, but the 23-year-old lefty will try to stick around in the bullpen for now.

Aceves probably would have made the Opening Day roster if not for the fact that he had a minor-league option remaining and could be sent to Triple-A.  The former Yankee has the potential be a setup-caliber reliever if healthy and also serves as rotation depth should the Red Sox need another starter. He had a 3.21 ERA and 87/30 K/BB ratio in 126 innings for the Yankees during the past three years.

  1. Ari Collins - Apr 8, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Everyone calls him OkaJIma (stress on the 1st and 3rd syllables), but shouldn’t it be oKAjima (stress on the 2nd)? Like how we eventually figured out it’s not HIroSHIma but hiROshima? This has been driving me crazy since he came over, but I’ve never been quite sure; does anyone know more about Japanese pronunciation?

    Of course, these days his name is pronounced “toast”, so maybe nevermind.

    • spudchukar - Apr 8, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      Nihongo, or Japanese does not delineate accented syllables. It is a di-syllabic language. In other words there shouldn’t be any accented syllables in either Hiroshima, or Okajima. So it should be Ok-a-ji-ma.

      • Ari Collins - Apr 8, 2011 at 12:55 PM

        Maybe it’s just being an English speaker, but I’m not sure I can say a word that long without accenting SOMETHING.

      • phukyouk - Apr 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

        Plus youre a Bahstan fan… so its more like akijemah

      • Ari Collins - Apr 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        Haha, nah. Despite growing up in Boston, I don’t have the accent. I’ve never gahn to see Nomah hit a homah.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM

        It’s also tough not to stress a syllable with a long vowel sound.

      • Glenn - Apr 8, 2011 at 6:09 PM

        Phukyouk – it would be pronounced “akijemerr” in Bahstan.

  2. BC - Apr 8, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Aceves should have been on the roster Day 1. At least they fixed that mistake.

  3. uyf1950 - Apr 8, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Emphasis on the last 3 season the bulk of Aceves performance was in 2009. He pitched very little in 2008 and 2010.

  4. bobwsc - Apr 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    wow, El Guapo part two didn’t last long. so long “Big Sweat”

  5. Jonny 5 - Apr 8, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Thank goodness Philly opted out on signing that guy. Romero has looked pretty good so far.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 8, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      Too many silent S’s—especially in the same position—could be detrimental to a team.

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