Alfredo Aceves, who pitched for Orioles in spring, banned 50 games for positive drug test

The Baltimore Sun

Anyone familiar with pitcher Alfredo Aceves' history in Boston knows the Orioles dodged a bullet when Aceves, a non-roster invitee to spring training this year, didn’t make the 25-man roster.

That the team wasn't relying on Aceves during this season proved beneficial, as Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported that Aceves was suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Aceves was pitching for the Yankees in Triple-A at the time of his suspension, after being sent down with a 6.52 ERA in 10 appearances for the Yankees.

He has always had an impressive arsenal, but his quirky behavior seemed to overshadow his abilities. That he was non-tendered by the Yankees after three years in the major leagues with a 14-1 record and 3.21 ERA was only the beginning.

Here’s a brief rundown of weirdness from Aceves’ time in a Red Sox uniform:

August 2012: Aceves was suspended three games after an alleged incident in the clubhouse when he argued with then-manager Bobby Valentine over his usage. This is a poor first example, considering this is actually a sane thing for him to do.

September 2012: Aceves and Dustin Pedroia got into an argument in the dugout after an inning in which Aceves repeatedly threw to second and interfered with a popup behind the plate. 

February 2013: Aceves barely threw the ball in a live batting practice session during spring training, earning a talking-to from pitching coach Juan Nieves and manager John Farrell and setting a bad tone for the season. Aceves was reportedly mad that another pitcher threw his session before him.

July 2013: Aceves pitched one inning of relief, mysteriously didn’t come out for a second, and was banished from the big-league roster. Boston went on to win the World Series.

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