FORT MYERS, Fla. -- How has Alfredo Aceves been since an eye-raising incident earlier this spring when he didn't seem to generate the proper intensity while throwing batting practice?
"Like a model citizen," said manager John Farrell said. "His work has been good. He's got two innings [scheduled for Saturday]. He's been fine."
Those two innings for Aceves against the Twins will represent his last outing in camp before he departs for the World Baseball Classic, where he will pitch for Team Mexico.
Aceves has a personality that's a little quirkier than most, and Farrell isn't looking to suppress that.
"I think it's important for players to be themselves, and as long as being yourself doesn't start to take away from our team," said Farrell. "That's when conversations like that come into play, to understand that we are 25 people working in the same direction, and how you sacrifice in some ways to give to the team, that's a priority."
Aceves drew some praise on Monday, when he sat on the bench for the entire game after his two-inning start was over against the Rays. That isn't typical for veteran players in Spring Training.
"There's no denying his competitive nature," Farrell said. "There's no denying his passion for the game. That's clear. We're all individuals, and that's where we look to blend people from all walks into the clubhouse."