Alfredo Aceves has not had a good year closing for the Red Sox. He's posted a 4.54 ERA and has eight blown saves; recently, he was under team suspension for remarks he made after Andrew Bailey was used to close a game instead of him.
Now, it appears that Aceves' closing days are over, at least for the time being. Scott Lauber:
Consider what happened here Wednesday night. Less than 24 hours after Aceves had been given a chance to record the final six outs but instead blew his eighth save in 32 opportunities, the embattled right-hander entered in the seventh inning with the Red Sox trailing, 10-3, against the Angels. Aceves tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out two batters in a situation that was as far as can be from the high-leverage spots typically reserved for a closer.
"I wish I can know," Aceves said when asked if his role has changed.
Said Valentine, "He can pitch a lot. We’ll try to keep pitching him as much as we can, stretch him out maybe."
"Stretch him out" could be code for trying him in the rotation again; Aceves started four games for the Red Sox in 2011. The rest of this year is likely going to see a lot of experimentation for the Red Sox, who are out of playoff contention.