Alfredo Aceves suspended 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse

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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.

Phillies promote Chris Young to pitching coach position

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Chris Young joined the Phillies as their assistant pitching coach last offseason. This offseason he’s getting a promotion: the Phillies just named as their main (um, top? lead? alpha?) pitching coach for the 2019 season. He replaces Rick Kranitz.

Ken Rosenthal, who reported the promotion, says that the Phillies didn’t necessarily want to shake up their pitching coach situation, but that since several clubs wanted to hire Young away, it was either promote him to the top job or lose him. That’s bad news for Kranitz, but he remains under contract for 2019 and will, in the meantime, be allowed to interview elsewhere.

The Phillies pitching staff ranked 11th in runs allowed in the National League in 2018. They were tenth the year before that, but some early season uncertainty and mismanagement by Gabe Kapler and a late season collapse served to hide what was, for most of the season, a bit of a better staff than the year before. The Phillies obviously credit Young for that and want to keep him in the fold.