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Alfredo Aceves replaces John Lackey in Red Sox rotation

Apr 10, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Making official what was expected, the Red Sox announced that Alfredo Aceves will step into the rotation for the injured John Lackey, with his first start scheduled for tomorrow night against the Orioles.

Felix Doubront will slide back one day, starting Friday against the Rays in what was Lackey’s actual spot in the rotation. And for now at least the Red Sox haven’t placed Lackey on the disabled list, leaving open the possibility that he could return after missing just one or two starts.

Aceves threw 3.1 innings in relief after Lackey exited clutching his arm Saturday, so he’s stretched out enough to throw five-plus innings, but he hasn’t started a game since 2011 and has just nine career starts at age 30.

  1. skeleteeth - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Too bad he can’t just have a staring contest with the other team’s starter and call it good.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Old evil eyes!

  2. ditto65 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Great news for the rest of the AL East.

  3. kjericho43 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Tommorow evenings Aceves line:

    2 IP
    3 walks
    2 hit batters
    6 runs
    1 bitch fit

  4. deathmonkey41 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Awesome. The likelihood that more batters will be beaned just increased dramatically.

  5. pisano - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I’ve got a feeling this might be his swan song, Boston never used this guy correctly. He’s a seventh or eighth inning guy, not a starter or a long guy. They probably want to see him get pounded and then cut him loose as he’s not real popular in Boston.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      I think he’s not a natural fit for the standard pitchers’ roles. He’s better as a starter than as a reliever, and has been especially good against the first batter he’s faced and generally gets hired quickly.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=aceveal01&year=Career&t=p#pitco

      But he doesn’t seem like a one-inning guy to me. And middle relievers almost always seem to be mop-up players.

  6. Caught Looking - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    They should have had him start tonight to sell a few more tickets to see his crazy antics and continue the ‘sell out’ streak for one more game.

  7. oldpaddy - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I know I’m by far in the minority, but I like aceves. I like his attitude and if he pitches well he’ll make a great #4 or 5.
    Sox pitching staff is a little too docile for my tastes. I like a guy who isn’t afraid to throw a retaliation pitch now and again.

  8. themagicfanguy - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Should have given the spot to Webster.

  9. tfbuckfutter - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Great.

    That’s like going to the doctor and being told they cured your diarrhea by giving you rectal Cancer.

  10. thepancakebandit - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Glass Lackey living up to the (non-) hype. It’s an expensive contract, but sometimes you have to just cut your losses — and lose him.

    And MORE Aceves? God help us! Although, I would love to see him vs. Farrell in a fighting match. Farrell is a scary, no-nonsense man, and once Fredo realizes it, he’s going to whimper away like a shamed dog with its tail between its legs.

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