FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox right-hander Alfredo Aceves arrived back to Spring Training on Monday, and he took down the Mexican flag that had adorned his locker during his absence.
Though Team Mexico didn't go as far as Aceves would have liked, he was still happy for the experience.
"It's pretty cool," said Aceves. "What that means, to represent the country, is pretty cool. Everybody loves to do that."
At the same time, Aceves knows that his participation in the Classic will be remembered for his visible role during the fracas between Mexico and Canada in Sunday's elimination game.
The incident started because Mexico -- not being fully aware of the run-differential tiebrakers that are part of the tournament -- took offense to Canada bunting when the game was already out of reach.
Several players from Canada targeted Aceves, for whatever reason, and dragged him to the ground.
Phillies Minor Leaguer Tyson Gillies, in particular, was aggressive in his pursuit of Aceves.
"It's part of the game," said Aceves, who added that he has no history with Gillies. "He was trying to defend his team. If it were me, I'd try to do the same thing."
The key thing for Aceves and the Red Sox is that the pitcher did not suffer an injury.
"It didn't surprise me when he threw me to the floor," Aceves said. "I reacted to it, because I didn't do anything to him. I was just calming down. The fighting was with the pitcher and the hitter. So I was saying, 'Calm down, man, calm down. Come on, man.' And he just grabbed me and threw me on the floor. So I was like, 'I'm going to throw you on the floor, man.' Then when I jumped in to this guy, I had seven guys against me."
From that eventfulness, Aceves settled back into the normalcy of camp on Monday, participating in pitchers' fielding practice. He isn't sure when he will resume game action.
"I've got to get with [pitching coach] Juan [Nieves], because we didn't plan him in, not knowing how long they'd stay [in the tournament]," said manager John Farrell. "He'll be back on the mound soon. He had two appearances there, one in an exhibition and a three-inning stint that was 52 pitches."
Drew still waiting for concussion symptoms to subside
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For shortstop Stephen Drew, there isn't too much he can do until all of the symptoms from his mild concussion go away. As of Monday, four days after he was hit on the batting helmet by a pitch, that still wasn't the case.
"It's just a little bit of that [dizziness] and light-headedness still," said Drew. "When all that kind of calms down, I think it's getting better. You just kind of make sure these things go away before you get back out there. You don't want to come back [too soon], because it can come back. Then it won't be good. For the most part, it's getting better -- slowly but surely."
Once Drew's symptoms are gone entirely, he can take the on-line test mandated by Major League Baseball to clear players following a concussion.
"That's kind of where we're at right now," Drew said. "Just in a holding pattern until I start to feel a little more normal and then go from there."
Drew understands the increased focus of late on concussions in sports.
"You can't play around with it," Drew said. "It's your head. You go back out there and take a shot, you never know what happens."