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Alfredo Aceves suspended 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse

Jul 3, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

Yankees pitcher Alfredo Aceves was designated for assignment in early June. He accepted a minor league assignment and has been pitching in Scranton, off the 40-man roster. As we noted the other day, when you’re off the 40-man roster, of course, you are subject to more stringent testing for drugs of abuse. Which, it appears, has made Aceves’ season go from bad to worse:

Aceves posted a 6.52 ERA with six homers allowed during his time in the bigs this year. He has appeared in seven games — five as a starter — with a 3.29 ERA in Triple-A. Now he’s going home for a couple of months.

  1. dondada10 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Aceves strikes me as the type of guy who like’s skiing in the alps over hiking in the trees, personally.

    • tuberippin - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      With his on-the-mound demeanor, he definitely appears to enjoy when it snows.

    • mikhelb - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Nope, where he is from it rarely snows, in fact it is one of the hottests places in northamerica, adjacent to Death Valley and on the other side… the Sonoran Desert (he is from Sonora, México).

  2. Old Gator - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    He should have waited to go to Amsterdam in October.

    • sdelmonte - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Denver and Seattle are closer.

  3. pete2112 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Well I think he’s officially done in the majors.

  4. 18thstreet - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    For a guy with anger management issues (okay, I’m not a doctor or anything), I think weed is probably good for the guy.

    • nbjays - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      If you don’t count the weight gain from all the junk food.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        I’m not a smoker, either, but it seems to me that an athlete who spends even a modest amount of time on an exercise bike would burn off the Cheet-o calories. That Aceves didn’t take care of himself, physically, is a big problem,. But it would have been a problem without munchies, too.

  5. gothapotamus90210 - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Cocaine’s a hellava drug.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    What. A. Jack. Ass.

  7. scrot7 - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Buster Onley is reporting that he was abusing Jenkem.

  8. tigersfandan - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  9. elfessbutterfly - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    I’m glad to see this site used a current pic of Aceves in a Yankee uniform and was angered when I first saw this story on the ESPN mobile app which showed him still in a Red Sox uni. Just more of the bias for the Yankees and disrespect for the Sox. As for Aceves, always felt there was plenty of talent there but not much under the cap or in the heart. His career is likely over at this point since he was a journeyman at best before this and with the attitude teams have for abusers these days he’s toast.

    • mikhelb - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Maybe because there have been more minorleaguers from the bosox suspended than from the Yankees… believe it or no, specially since in the Yankees Cashman is known as a person who as soon as he detects somebody using something, contacts MLB to check on the issue (did it on Bartolo and others, and a reason why ARod thinks his suspension was set up from the NYY FO).

    • nydemocrats - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      Some people would cry if they got hung with a new rope. You folks love feeling sorry for yourselves don’t you?

  10. jmcknight63 - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:58 AM


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