If the Red Sox have disciplined righthander Alfredo Aceves for his actions on Wednesday night, they aren’t saying what that is.
But the player has not been suspended or fined, manager Bobby Valentine said.
When Aceves was taken out of the game in the seventh inning, he left it to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to hand the ball to Valentine. The pitcher then left the mound from the third base side, making it a point to avoid Valentine.
Aceves was suspended for three games last month for an incident that included slamming the door of Valentine’s office after a heated discussion.
“You always want people around who know the difference between right and wrong and sometimes when people don’t know the difference between right and wrong you can talk all day long to them and it doesn’t matter,” Valentine said. “In Alfredo’s case, I think that he understands what he’s doing.
“That means when you know you do something wrong, then you understand that there’s also consequence.”
Valentine, who has spoken well of Aceves all season, was asked if the incidents have changed his view.
“I think I knew what I was dealing with from spring training. You just try and manage every situation that you have to have to try and manage,” Valentine said. “He’s a good pitcher.”
Could Aceves have a lesser role on the staff for the remaining games?
“We have a lot of pitchers,” Valentine said. “When we need him, he’ll still pitch.”
• Cody Ross could be facing a suspension from MLB in the wake of ejection on Wednesday. Ross never bumped Alfonso Marquez but was enraged and had to be restrained from getting close to the umpire.
Ross had no comment today.
“I don’t know how the [disciplinary] system works,” Valentine said. “It used to be you had to touch someone or say something really bad. [Ross] seemed like a guy who was into the moment, got excited. That used to be acceptable but I don’t know how the system is working these days.”
Valentine, who also was ejected, has been tossed six times this season. That’s a franchise record for a player or manager.
“That’s a record, huh? Wow,” he said. “I’m surprised. I can tell you, I’ve done less in all six times than I’ve ever done before.”
• Kelli and Dustin Pedroia welcomed their second son into the world this morning. Mother and baby are doing fine according to the Red Sox. Pedroia did not play on Thursday. His plans beyond that were not revealed. Pedroia left Wednesday’s game after the sixth inning when his wife went into labor.
• Righthander John Lackey, who is rehabilitating from Tommy John elbow surgery done last Nov. 1, threw 20 pitches of live batting practice on the field this afternoon.
“He felt even better than he looked last time and looked better than he did last time,” Valentine said. “His velocity is pretty good, I’ll tell you that.”
Lackey’s next step will be to throw a two-inning simulated game.
The goal for Lackey is to pitch a few innings in the Instructional League in Florida in the next few weeks.
“It’s been a goal of his, so you always want to be able to reach your goals. He’s worked so hard. He looks good and he feels good,” Valentine said.