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Alfredo Aceves says he’s hurt, but the Red Sox don’t believe him

Jul 15, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Alfredo Aceves AP

Alfredo Aceves was asked to eat some innings out of the bullpen Tuesday, but exited after facing just three batters and said afterward that he’s hurt. However, the next day manager John Farrell told reporters: “By all accounts that we have, he is not injured.”

This is just the latest drama in a very tense relationship between Aceves and the Red Sox and this time it led to the veteran right-hander being dropped from the 40-man roster. Aceves passed through waivers unclaimed, as none of the other 29 teams wanted anything to do with his $2.65 million contract, and he accepted the assignment to Triple-A because he wants to keep getting paid that money.

Aceves indicated to Evan Drellich of MassLive.com that he might not pitch again this season because the injury, which he described as a strained oblique muscle. Obviously if the Red Sox could have gotten anything in trade for Aceves they would have done it a long time ago and passing through waivers unclaimed means no teams were even willing to take him for nothing in return. If he’s truly hurt he likely has a legitimate beef about being sent to Triple-A rather than placed on the disabled list, but either way he may have pitched his last game for the Red Sox.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Alfredo seems like a real nice guy.

    • blitzinc43 - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      he is, he threw me a ball in the outfield bleachers during warm ups. He was a Yankee and we were in Toronto.

      Then he waved at me.

      • blitzinc43 - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Oh yeah, I was wearing my Toronto Vernon Wells jersey.

  2. flamethrower101 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Spot on. Aceves most definitely has significant damage…brain damage, that is. This guy is a cancer and the sooner the Red Sox cut ties with him, the better.

    On the other side, this could only get more interesting if Aceves is actually hurt and the Red Sox didn’t do anything about it.

    • bigharold - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      How did Aceves good from model citizen with the Yankees to village idiot with the RS? On the other hand it wouldn’t the first time the RS crack medical team screwed the pooch.

      Has to be more to it.

      • rjostewart - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Didn’t the Yankees cut him for a similar reason a few years back?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        They didnt cut him, they let him walk rather than tender an offer beyond $500K. They didn’t offer him anything beyond that because they were, officially, concerned with his back. When trouble with the Sox started, you started hearing more and more from “sources” that these types of issues sprang up with the Yankees as well.

  3. louhudson23 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    When people make it plain that the team is secondary to them,you get rid of them….or find yourself in this position…..be it this guy or Andrew Bynum or Albert Haynesworth,the signs are there,the signs are ignored and yet teams throw money their way ,repeatedly…..

  4. js20011041 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    What are the odds that Alfredo Aceves and Jordany Valdespin are best friends? They just seem like kindred spirits.

  5. bobwsc - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    a strained oblique is a season-ender?

  6. ptfu - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    But he’s got 4 wins and only 1 loss. Aceves clearly has The Will To Win, and you don’t waste that in the minors.

    • gothapotamus90210 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      If Hawk Harrelson was to build a team, he’d start with Aceves.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      This is not a defense of Alfredo Aceves. I repeat: this not a defense of Alfredo Aceves.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=aceveal01&t=p&year=2013

      But the fact is, halfway competent pitchers do not grow on trees. Aceves’s ERA, just under 5, isn’t especially impressive. But he started six games, and had a 5-inning relief appearance in one more. In one of his best outings, he gave up one run in six innings, a 2-1 Red Sox win over Tampa. In 5 innings of relief, he gave up just 2 runs in a 3-2 loss to Baltimore. There’s other halfway decent outings in there, and a clunker.

      So they were willing to put up with a lot, because the alternatives include Allen Webster, who (in six starts) hasn’t yet had an outing like Aceves’s best. Yes, we’d all love to have a roster full of team players and lacking so-called clubhouse cancers. The managers presumably feel this way even more. They have to work with these people, while us knights of the keyboard just make assumptions. But the Red Sox (like every team) will put up with a guy like Aceves as long as he’s better than the alternatives.

      What this move says to me is that Clay Buchholz is coming back, not that the Red Sox suddenly got tired of Aceves’s act.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        Whoops: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/15/clay-buchholz-felt-soreness-during-bullpen-session-sunday/

        I guess they just got tired of his shtuff and figured Workman is an adequate substitute until Clay returns.

        Oh, and his agent left.

  7. aceshigh11 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    For god’s sake…

    This guy is SUCH an insufferable pain in the ass. He COULD be invaluable to whichever team wants him, but his arrogance and instability make him a cancer in the clubhouse.

  8. sabatimus - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Given how childish Aceves has been, this doesn’t surprise me at all.

  9. deathmonkey41 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I wonder if anyone has ever tried to get him on medication? Is he considered “gritty”? Maybe they can pull off a trade with AZ?

  10. Jack Marshall - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    The last two player to pull this kind of thing with the Sox: Manny, of course…and Bartolo Colon!

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      In Bartolo’s case, it wasn’t his fault…

      It was that Kuato-like parasitic tumor growing out of his chest cavity that took over his brain stem and made him quit on his team.

      Stem cells, and all that…

  11. beerjunkie - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    He should hang it up and get ready for next season as a little league first base coach.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      So he can stare at the runner on first base and not say anything?

  12. apsavoy - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Reblogged this on Renaissance Inc. and commented:
    Who needs consistency when you get bank on 24 other professionals consistently putting up with your shit, right?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      SILENT REBLOG FUNCTION!

      • apsavoy - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        It is down, and I am new; apologies.

        lol, You might consider a potentially similar medication as the aforementioned, friend.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        That was not for you. It was a request to the management re: your reblog. As you are new, I’ll warn you, you’ll see similar demands for edit and delete functions from time to time. I wasn’t hating on you. Carry on.

      • apsavoy - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        No worries, I’m grateful for the insight, so thank you!

        Had I known, I certainly wouldn’t have used any vulgarity, either. Yikes.

        Onwards.

  13. tigersfandan - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Didn’t this guy once have one of the best career win-loss records of all-time? It seems like ages ago.

  14. 13arod - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Another stuiped trade for the red sox

  15. dondidon - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    This guy is the worst head case in MLB !
    It’s one thing to give Bobby Valentine crap — John Farrell doesn’t need or deserve this.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      I was wondering why the Yankees gave up on him and let him walk…to Japan…I think. Then he changed his mind and signed with the Red Sox. I think the Yankees knew what the Red Sox have finally admitted to themselves- the dude has some serious issues.

    • jayscarpa - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      “His back conditioning, period,” Cashman said in 2011 of why the Yankees passed on Aceves. “We could not get him healthy and I’ll leave it at that. Doesn’t mean he wasn’t pitching for a period of time in his rehabs, but we gave him three epidurals. Couldn’t get him on the mound without breaking down. So he’s got a back condition that we’re obviously happy to hear for him — not for the Red Sox — that he’s been able to get a back program going that’s put him in a position that’s not a condition for him at this stage.”

      Aceves also broke his left collar bone in an offseason motorcyle accident before the ’11 season.”

      http://www.masslive.com/redsox/index.ssf/2013/04/alfredo_aceves_is_a_red_sox_vi.html

  16. anxovies - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    This is how it begins. Next, Papi will be seen nibbling on a little fried chicken in the clubhouse, then Lester and Pedroia will be caught on camera sucking down the suds in the back of the dugout. Before you know it Farrell will be doing color commentary on ESPN and half the team will be moving to L.A.

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