The Red Sox on Saturday suspended righthander Alfredo Aceves for three games for “conduct detrimental to the team” following a confrontation with manager Bobby Valentine.
Aceves had a closed-door meeting in Valentine’s office after the Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. The righthander was angry that he was not used to close the 4-3 game.
Valentine instead turned to Andrew Bailey to get the final three outs. Aceves faced 10 batters and threw 37 pitches against the Angels on Thursday, giving up five runs on six hits. It was his seventh blown save of the season.
Aceves slammed the office door following the meeting with Valentine and stormed out the clubhouse.
The Red Sox can replace Aceves on the roster during his suspension but did not do so tonight. The suspension was announced midway through the game.
The Yankees released Aceves after the 2010 season for issues related more to his behavior than his play on the field. He has performed well for the Red Sox over two seasons, going 12-10 with a 3.31 earned run average and 27 saves in 113 appearances.
Aceves was not expected to be the closer this season but was given the role when Bailey underwent surgery on his right thumb at the end of spring training.
Aceves has largely performed well in the role, although he has allowed 11 runs on 13 hits in his last 9.2 innings.
On Thursday, after being hit hard by the Angels, Aceves said the Red Sox were playing “[expletive], [expletive] baseball and refused to take blame for the 14-13 loss.
“I missed a couple of pitches, yeah,” Aceves said. “It’s not about that [why] we lost the game. There were like 25 runs.”
Aceves’ agent, Tom O’Connell, had no comment on his client’s suspension.