Valentine had designated Aceves the long man Wednesday night and had to use him when Daisuke Matsuzaka was knocked out in the fourth inning, Aceves pitched two innings and allowed three hits and four runs.
Aceves needs four more appearances to earn a $25,000 incentive. Chances of him getting it?
Aceves already has gotten a three-game suspension for taking off his jersey in the bullpen after being bypassed for Andrew Bailey in a late August game, and then last Wednesday, he showed up Valentine when he flipped the ball to Jarrod Saltalamacchia instead of giving it to Valentine and then circled away from the manager when he was taken out of a game.
Most recently, Aceves lost his passport in Toronto, and raised some eyebrows as he was the last Red Sox player to board their flight to St. Petersburg Sunday.
What started out so well — Aceves’s work as the closer — quickly turned into a train wreck.
Aceves thought there was an understanding that he would be a starter this season, but the Sox went with Daniel Bard and Felix Doubront. When Bailey got hurt, Valentine, who felt Aceves was his best pitcher coming out of training camp, gave him the important job of closer. But that didn’t seem to satisfy him.
So the Sox are left with trying to get Aceves’s head straight and put up with his disturbances, trade him this offseason, or non-tender him.
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