Boston Red Sox: Alfredo Aceves Named the Interim Closer

Benjamin KleinContributor IIIApril 4, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 26:  Relief pitcher Alfredo Aceves #91 of the Boston Red Sox throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 26, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Just a day after it was announced that newly acquired closer Andrew Bailey would require thumb surgery that would sideline him for the first half of the season, manager Bobby Valentine announced that Alfredo Aceves will be the closer, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN.

Aceves had been competing for a spot in the starting rotation this spring but was slotted in the bullpen after Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard were awarded the No. 4 and 5 roles.