The Red Sox finally have grown weary of Alfredo Aceves, deciding Wednesday to option the righthander to Triple A Pawtucket.
The move came after a 6-5 victory against Oakland. No corresponding move was announced, but sources said the Sox would call up catcher Ryan Lavarnway.
Aceves’s spot in the rotation does not come up until Sunday. John Lackey is expected to come off the disabled list for that game.
Aceves has an 8.66 earned run average in five appearances, the latest coming Tuesday when he gave up seven earned runs over 3 1/3 innings against the Athletics.
Aceves blamed the strike zone of umpire Hunter Wendelstedt and wondered why his teammates didn’t give him any offensive support in the 13-0 loss.
“They got hacks. Why do we not hit? Same thing. It's just bad today. No matter what score it is, we've got to get back out there and give whatever we have, man,” Aceves said.
Before the game, manager John Farrell claimed he had no issue with what Aceves said.
“I don’t know if in that context Alfredo was calling out his teammates. I don’t believe he was. There was some frustration,” Farrell said.
Aceves is 1-5 with an 8.51 earned run average and three blown saves in 25 games since last Aug. 1. There also have been some behavioral incidents.
“The bottom line is just that, the bottom line,” Farrell said. “You’ve got to perform to continue to get opportunities.”
Lavarnway was hitting .318 with an .875 OPS in Pawtucket.