Alfredo Aceves is coming back to the major leagues. The Yankees called Aceves up this morning and designated Chris Leroux for assignment. Last night Leroux ensured the Yankees would not play for a 15th inning, as he gave up 5 runs in the top of the 14th. In his one inning of work, he gave up 5 runs on 5 hits, and two walks. While the offense missed countless opportunities, fans are going to remember Leroux’s performance over anything else. Needless to say, he had to be designated because Yankee fans would probably not let him back on the mound.
This is not Aceves’ first time in the Bronx. He spent the 2008-2010 seasons with the Yankees and was a successful pitcher. In the World Series year of 2009, Aceves saw his most work as a Yankee, pitching 84 innings and going 10-1 with a 3.54 ERA. In all, he went 14-1 as a Yankee. He then went to the Red Sox for the next three years, losing his success after the first year. He actually went 2-10 in 2012 for the last place Sox.
Aceves just turned 31 and is definitely capable of the kind of work he produced with the Yankees the first time around. His best aspect is his ability to pitch in any situation. He can start, pitch in long relief, set up, even close. As long as he can forget about his two rough years in Boston, he should serve as a great swingman for the Yankees’ bullpen for the rest of the season.