Through his first four minor league rehab outings, Alfredo Aceves had a pretty good pitching line — 7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K — but two days ago Joe Girardi insisted Aceves needed to get better. “Not quite sharp enough,” he said.
And so Aceves made another rehab appearance last night: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K. Five of the hits were doubles. Not one of the guys who doubled off him is hitting better than .272 in Double-A. George Kontos stranded a runner for him.
Not a good night, but as Girardi has said more than once, this is basically spring training for Aceves. He hadn’t pitched since May 8, and you can bet he’ll make at least one more rehab outing before being activated.
Chad Gaudin pitched really well until last night, Sergio Mitre has a .230 opponents batting average this season and the Yankees are planning to carry 13 pitchers the rest of the way. They can afford to wait.