After failing to live up to expectations while he was a reliever on the team, he was sent back to the minor leagues in early June; a minor league assignment he accepted because he knew he wasn't pitching well. It's gotten even worse for Aceves, as he was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for failing a drug test; as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported.
According to the reports, it is not a performance enhancing drug violation that he received, but a recreational drug violation instead (i.e.: marijuana, cocaine.) Aceves was 1-2 with a 6.52 ERA with the Yankees before the designated him for assignment on June 3 and optioned him back to Class-AAA Scranton/Wilks-Barre.
With the RailRiders, Aceves was 0-1 with a 3.49 in seven appearances; five of which were starts with 24 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. However, with the 50-game ban now for the 31-year-old, he won't see the field again until at least August; that is if the Yankees decide to keep him in their minor league system.
Aceves could have worked himself back into a chance to rejoin the Yankees and regain a spot in the bullpen, but those chances went up in flames today with the drug suspension.
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