Red Sox Roster Moves: Bard, Anderson and Repko


Finally, after days of crying and pleading for it, Red Sox fans will finally see Daniel Bard in the bullpen.  But it might not last more than a couple of days.

Because of the rainout on Sunday which was Bard’s scheduled start, Bobby Valentine has moved Bard to the pen to allow Jon Lester and Josh Beckett to maintain their routine of pitching every fifth day.  Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Valentine has said as of today Bard is scheduled to make his next start on Friday in Chicago against the White Sox.  Valentine also stated that Bard would be available on Monday, possibly Tuesday and would be used in the eighth inning, maybe the seventh, if the Red Sox are winning.  So while it may not be permanent, at least Valentine will see how valuable Bard can be as the late innings specialist and if nothing else, these two days could plant the seed in Bobby’s frazzled mind.

With Aaron Cook humming right along in Pawtucket, 2-0, 1.35 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, a call-up for him is looking obvious or the Sox will surely lose him on May 1.  Could Bobby be playing games with us yet again? From what we’ve seen up to this point it wouldn’t surprise me.

In another move, the Red Sox have recalled Lars Anderson from AAA Pawtucket after Jason Repko was placed on the DL with what is being described as a slight shoulder separation.  You will recall Repko slammed into the Green  Monster while making a highlight reel catch last week and the Monster doesn’t give at all.  Just another wounded outfielder joining the list of those on the DL bringing the total to four.

It is expected that Anderson could see time in the outfield, a position that he has been converted to after his path to the big leagues has been blocked by Adrian Gonzalez at first base.  Anderson, a left handed bat with power is a nice option to come off the bench in the late innings to pinch hit.

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