Yankees pitcher Alfredo Aceves was designated for assignment in early June. He accepted a minor league assignment and has been pitching in Scranton, off the 40-man roster. As we noted the other day, when you’re off the 40-man roster, of course, you are subject to more stringent testing for drugs of abuse. Which, it appears, has made Aceves’ season go from bad to worse:
Aceves posted a 6.52 ERA with six homers allowed during his time in the bigs this year. He has appeared in seven games — five as a starter — with a 3.29 ERA in Triple-A. Now he’s going home for a couple of months.
This is not good: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays pitcher Brent Honeywell cut short a bullpen session this morning and left the field with a trainer. Topkin says Honeywell was “clearly upset” as he made his way into the clubhouse and “cursed loudly a few times.”
Obviously you don’t want to assume the worst, but that’s often the behavior of a pitcher who experienced a serious injury. We will get updates later and will provide an update when we hear.
Honeywell, probably the Rays’ top prospect, is slated to make his major league debut early this season, though possibly not for a few weeks into the season due to off days. Eventually, though, it is assumed he’d slot in someplace behind Chris Archer, Matt Andriese, Nathan Eovaldi, Jake Faria, and Blake Snell, either as a young-David Price-style swingman, a spot starter or a regular starter at some point.
Last year Honeywell posted a 3.49 ERA and 172/35 K/BB ratio in 136. innings in 26 starts between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.