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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I screwed up on Aceves

By Wallace Matthews

In the course of trying to answer as many questions as possible in the limited time I have for the weekly Yankees live chat, I mistakenly stated that Alfredo Aceves, who missed almost all of 2010 with a lingering lower back injury, was not expected to pitch at all in 2011. That was incorrect, and that is what happens when you rely on memory rather than taking the time to double-check, a mistake I will not make again.

In fact, Aceves' current injury is a broken collarbone, suffered in a bicycle accident in late November. Aceves had surgery to repair the injury on November 30 and is expected to need a full three months of rehabilitation, which means he would not be ready for the start of spring training. However, he may be able to pitch at some point in 2011, although right now, not for the Yankees, who non-tendered him two days after the surgery. It is unclear if they will bring him to spring training as a non-roster invite.

My sincere apologies for the error.