BOSTON -- The Red Sox will fly to the West Coast on Monday to begin a nine-game road trip. When they do, mercurial reliever Alfredo Aceves will not be joining them. At least not on the team charter.
Aceves, who served the last game of a three-game suspension Monday for conduct detrimental to the team, will fly out separately. He has not been seen in the clubhouse the past two days, at least when the media has had access, and manager Bobby Valentine has had no contact with the right-hander.
Valentine admitted Monday morning that he is somewhat wary of issues going forward with Aceves.
“That he might not react properly? Um, I guess,” Valentine said when asked if he had any concerns about repercussions. “Like I said, it just deals with being responsible for your actions, and understanding that all actions have consequence. It’s just a simple rule. Remember, I don’t have a lot of rules, but one of the rules I stated early on, you don’t do anything to embarrass yourself, your teammates, or your organization. That’s a rule.”
Aceves was suspended Saturday, one day after he stormed out of Valentine’s office and slammed two doors. Andrew Bailey was given a four-out save opportunity that night, the likely impetus for the tirade from Aceves, who had 25 saves in 32 chances as the team’s closer.
Valentine said he expects Aceves to be available out of the pen Tuesday in Anaheim. Logic would dictate that Bailey would remain the ninth-inning guy (he has looked good since returning from the DL while Aceves has posted a 10.24 ERA this month), but Valentine is not tipping his hand.
“I haven’t made that determination,” he said. “[Bailey’s] in that role today though.”
In other clubhouse news:
* The Red Sox have yet to name a starter for Wednesday’s game in Anaheim. It would be Franklin Morales’ turn in the somewhat jumbled rotation, but Valentine does not think he will be turning to the lefty, who is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his last three starts.
Clay Buchholz will start the series-opener against the Angels. Jon Lester is scheduled to go Thursday, although he would be doing so on five day’s rest. Perhaps bumping him up a day and inserting Aaron Cook into Thursday’s start, which would give Cook four full days of rest, will get everyone in line.
* Shortstop Jose Iglesias has been limited to one at-bat off the bench in three games since being called up from Pawtucket. Valentine said he is not in a hurry to utilize the youngster more just so he doesn’t get too rusty.
“He’s here to help us win games, when needed,” Valentine said. “Not really [worried about his playing time]. Probably needed the rest.”
Iglesias has played in 88 games at Triple-A Pawtucket, totaling 353 at-bats. He has made just four trips to the plate between the majors and minors since Aug. 19.