Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Pitcher Alfredo Aceves has gotten the go-ahead from the world champion New York Yankees to pitch for the Culiacan Tomateros this season after first being told no. Aceves, who went 10-1 last summer for the Yankees, had initially asked New York management if he might pitch for Culiacan this winter, but the organization wanted him to remain shut down until spring training opens in Tampa next February.

However, the Tomateros were able to work things out with the Yankees so that Aceves could pitch for the team the rest of the season. Culiacan president Juan Manuel Ley was quoted on the outstanding Puro Beisbol website as saying, “The arrival of Alfredo is due to the good relations that have been cultivated with the Yankees organization.”

Part of the agreement between New York and Culiacan is that Aceves will be a starting pitcher for the Tomateros. He’s already thrown in two simulated games, and is expected to make his Mex Pac season debut against Navojoa in the final series of the regular season.

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