Updated on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 12:42 a.m. EDT
WEEI.com is reporting exactly why Aceves has been suspended, a fact that has yet to come to light until now.
According to three sources inside Fenway Park, Alfredo Aceves tore off his jersey while making his way from the bullpen back to the clubhouse in the moments after Boston's 4-3 win over the Royals Friday night. The game was saved by Andrew Bailey one night after Aceves allowed six hits and five runs and blew his third save in five chances.
Per the same report, manager Bobby Valentine believes that Aceves' suspension might have been a result of the reliever's negative reaction to being passed over for a save opportunity in favor of Andrew Bailey.
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Updated on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 9:25 p.m. EDT
More specifics are coming to light about the cause for Aceves' suspension, per Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com (via Twitter).
Check that: It was after last night's game he stormed out of office after meeting with Bobby V, Ben; asked for a meeting today w Ben, denied— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) Aug. 26, 2012
Clearly Aceves is unhappy with something to do with his manager, Bobby Valentine. I'm afraid Ace will have to get in line for that one.
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According to Major League Baseball's Twitter page, the Sox suspended Aceves for three games for what is being called "conduct detrimental to the team."
BREAKING: @redsox suspend RHP Alfredo Aceves for 3 games for conduct detrimental to the team.— MLB (@MLB) Aug. 26, 2012
There is no information yet as to just what that conduct was, but it must have been pretty bad considering it's worthy of a suspension.
A former New York Yankee, Aceves was thrust into the closer's role this season thanks to the near-season-long injury to the Sox's first choice as closer, Andrew Bailey.
However, Aceves has been dreadful out of the 'pen, posting a 2-8 record with a 4.60 ERA and 25 saves in 32 chances. Those numbers aren't exactly what Boston was hoping for to start the season.
In his most recent outing, Aceves was downright awful.
Not only did he blow the save opportunity, Aceves flat-out blew up. He allowed five runs on six hits including two homers and one walk. It was just the latest in a disappointing season for the right-hander.
In the meantime, the Red Sox will have only Bailey to go with as a closer, and their bullpen will be slightly shorter than normal. At this point, it shouldn't really matter anyway with the Red Sox falling further and further out of contention by the day.
As if the Sox needed any more negative press this year, Aceves' suspension is just another black eye for this organization as they look to end the nightmare 2012 season as soon as possible.
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