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PAWTUCKET â€“ All appeared to be fine in Alfredo Acevesâ€™ universe when he walked into the home clubhouse shortly after 4 oâ€™clock on Thursday afternoon. The righthander chatted briefly with a reporter before going through the necessary preparations for that nightâ€™s start against Rochester.
Those plans were officially scrapped 15 minutes prior to first pitch, as Scott Atchison took Acevesâ€™ spot. Itâ€™s believed that the Red Sox will place reliever Matt Albers on the disabled list on Friday and call up Aceves in time for Bostonâ€™s home opener against the New York Yankees.
While the PawSox announced Aceves as a healthy scratch just before gametime, Atchison had an inkling that was something was afoot earlier in the day.
â€śA couple of hours before the game they were hinting that something might be going on and that I might (start),â€ť said Atchison, who went out and struck out eight in 4 2/3 innings. â€śI just went with that and prepared like something was going to happen and just rolled with that.â€ť
PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler said he was told to pull back Aceves shortly after meeting with the media at 5 oâ€™clock. Aceves did participate in the pregame ceremonies, lining up with the rest of the PawSox down the third-base line during player introductions.
â€śIâ€™d like to see him go five innings and weâ€™ll from there,â€ť said Beyeler when asked what the plans were for Aceves. â€śIf he keeps getting guys out, it would be nice to see how much he can extend with the pitches he has.â€ť
Acevesâ€™ impending arrival coincides with the Red Sox facing the Yankees, the club that with whom he won a World Series with in 2009. He missed most of 2010 due to a bulging disk in his lower back before fracturing the non-throwing clavicle in a bicycle accident in his native Mexico last December. The Red Sox signed him to a one-year deal in February.