Alfredo Aceves’ role is up in the air

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Alfredo Aceves got suspended for three days for “conduct detrimental to the team” ends after tonight’s game. Bobby Valentine said today, however, that it’s unclear what role he’ll play in the Sox bullpen once he’s back.  He did explain what lesson he’s trying to communicate here, however:

“It just deals with being responsible for your actions and understanding that all actions have consequence. It’s just a simple rule. Remember, I don’t have a lot of rules, but one of the rules I stated early on is that you don’t do anything to embarrass yourself, your teammates or your organization.”

Thing is, Aceves was no great shakes as closer, so him acting out was probably a blessing in disguise. He blew seven saves in 32 opportunities with a 4.60 ERA.  Given that the competitive portion of the Red Sox season is over, it’s probably best to see what else they have in the pen as the season winds down than to give the job back to the guy that emoted his way out of it just a few days ago.

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.