Spent some time in the Sox clubhouse this afternoon before tonight’s game against the Twins.
Here’s what we learned:
- Alfredo Aceves returned to the 25-man roster after being called up from Pawtucket. He arrived, it seemed, with a bit of an edge to him. “You know it’s part of the business, back and forth,” said Aceves, who held opponents scoreless in 5 of 6 outings with the Sox this season, including a perfect 2.2 innings vs. Tampa Bay April 11. “You don’t know where you’re going to be.”
Asked about his role, and whether it required a switch, Aceves seemed to get a little testy. “There’s no switch,” he said. “You go there or you come here or whatever. You play whatever you’re going to be.” There was no difference, as far as he was concerned, with his role. “Well, I’m a pitcher. That’s what I do, no matter if I’m used as a starter, a closer or a reliever.”
- Bobby Jenks said he had been battling right biceps tendinitis for about a week before he was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. Jenks’s arm cramped up while he was warming up to enter Wednesday/Thursday’s 13-inning marathont vs. the Angels. ” I think it came from pitching with those bad mechanics for so long,” he said. “If you put your arm in a different arm slot every time. You’re going to put stress on it and it’s not going to be right and I think that was the cause of it.”
- Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose scheduled turn in the rotation tonight was pushed back to Sunday when he was pressed into making his first career relief appearance in the 13th inning vs the Angels, talked about his unexpected turn out of the bullpen. “It’s difficult getting ready as a side pitcher and I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to get ready,” he said, through interpreter Kenta Yamada. “But all I did was focus on getting ready and throw like regular outings.There’s really no room to think about it.”