OAKLAND -- Alfredo Aceves may get a shot in the rotation after all.
Manager Bobby Valentine conceded Sunday that he has “given a thought” to the idea of placing Aceves in the rotation, which is a reversal of his position from earlier in the week. Aceves was stretched out to three innings in Saturday’s game, allowing one run.
The Red Sox rotation has been battered lately. It is coming off the first back-to-back starts of three innings or less since September 2005.
In other pitching news, Scott Atchison is scheduled to throw for Pawtucket on Monday, so his return to Boston could be soon. The Red Sox had feared that Atchison may need Tommy John surgery. Atchison is 2-1 with a 1.76 ERA this season.
John Lackey will rejoin the team in Seattle. There is still an outside chance that Lackey will be available at some point before the season ends.
“The program is for him to pitch a couple innings sometime after October (starts),” Valentine said. “If we want to move that up a couple days and get a couple innings in, we’ll visit that. I don’t know the benefit of it.”
DeJesus on board: Ivan DeJesus, one of the prospects the Red Sox got from the Dodgers in last month’s megadeal, was recalled from Triple-A to provide some depth in the infield. Dustin Pedroia’s wife is expecting, so the Red Sox wanted to have someone available in case Pedroia needs to leave the team.
Valentine said the early reports on DeJesus have been positive. He said he’s played mostly up the middle, but he believes he could play third too. Valentine said he didn’t have a plan for how much he wanted DeJesus to play.