Red Sox Send Daniel Bard to the Minors

In a move that was warranted, the Red Sox announced Monday afternoon that they have sent struggling starter Daniel Bard to triple-A Pawtucket according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.

The move comes only a couple of days since Bard was removed from the worst start of his career in Toronto on Sunday in what has been a lousy attempt at converting to a full-time starter.  Bard was yanked in the second inning after struggling with his command for yet another game going 1.2 innings, giving up just one hit but walking six and hitting two batters en route to coughing up 5 runs, all earned.  His ERA on the season sits at 5.24 and has now walked more than he’s struck out, 37 to 34.

Lauber goes on to report that the move creates room for Darnell McDonald to be reactivated from the DL and will join the big club tonight as they play host to the Baltimore Orioles.

The demotion of Bard doesn’t necessarily spell the end of his starting experiment but with Daisuke Matsuzaka set to start tonight in Pawtucket, in what could be his last rehab start, Bard could be heading back to the bullpen when he returns.  Regardless of where he pitches when he rejoins the Red Sox, a stint in the minors is just what he needs to straighten out his mechanics, rediscover his fastball velocity and gain some much needed confidence.

There will be more to come on this and as it unfolds we’ll keep you informed so check back often for the latest updates.

Topics: Boston Red Sox, Daniel Bard

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  • JLFCASH

    They won’t move him back to the bullpen. If they can’t clear a spot for Melancon, they won’t try to make the waiting list bigger. Just a way of preserving depth. He had all three options remaining and it wouldn’t hurt to send him down to work on his mechanics. The sooner he straightens him out, the sooner he can be back in the event of an emergency. If that emergency never occurs, he’ll be back in September and in next season’s rotation.

    • Derek Stykalo

      You might be right Cash and wouldn’t that be something to see Daniel Bard, the great 8th inning guy sitting in the minors. If he can rediscover his fastball what about moving him into the bullpen at least for now? I understand the pen has been stellar over the past 8 weeks or so but a Bard addition could take it to an even better level. Thoughts?

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