Sox take Aceves off 40-man roster

OAKLAND -- The Red Sox announced in a text message Sunday night after the team had left on its flight home that pitcher Alfredo Aceves had been outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket, which means that he was placed on waivers and went unclaimed by 29 other major-league teams.

It also means that Aceves is off the team’s 40-man roster and is unlikely to pitch for the Red Sox again.

The move follows Aceves’s brief appearance on the team's just-concluded road trip, in which he pitched just two-thirds of an inning Tuesday in Seattle in relief of Allen Webster in the third inning, then did not come out for the fourth. Afterward, manager John Farrell said he wanted to get a left-hander in the game, sending Craig Breslow to the mound, but that explanation made little sense then and even less now.

Clearly, something took place that did not sit well with the organization because Aceves was optioned back to Pawtucket the next day, with the Sox recalling two other pitchers, Steven Wright and Pedro Beato.