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.
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.
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