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Daniel Bard could be sent back to bullpen by Red Sox

Mar 21, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

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Having struggled in his last two starts, Daniel Bard could return to the bullpen, CSN New England’s Sean McAdam reports.

McAdam says that a Red Sox staff member has told people outside of the organization that the team is prepared to go with Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront at the back of the rotation, leaving Bard out of the mix.

Bard started the spring strong, pitching five scoreless innings in his first two appearances, but he was lit up for seven runs by the Cardinals on March 15 and he wasn’t very sharp in allowing three runs over five innings to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Overall, he’s walked 10 in 12 2/3 innings this spring.

Furthermore, the Red Sox were disappointed that Bard threw just one changeup in his 83-pitch outing Tuesday. “He’s got to understand that pitch,” manager Bobby Valentine said. “It could really be that pitch that gets the contact when we need some soft contact situations.”

If the Red Sox do return Bard to the pen, it’d probably be in his familiar eighth-inning role. Bard was considered by most to be the heir apparent to Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth, but that figures to be Andrew Bailey‘s job to start. Bard could always take over later is Bailey struggles or, more likely, gets hurt.

  1. randygnyc - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Too bad. I was hoping he’d blow out his arm by mid may, before the red sox figured it out.

    • mirmz - Mar 21, 2012 at 7:15 PM


    • protius - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      Dude, that really shallow.

    • illegalblues - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      rooting for injury is about as trashy as it gets. props, dude.

  2. gabrielthursday - Mar 21, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Bard was full of class after his last start: blaming the umpires for a pair of walks, and describing a line-drive double as “lucky”. Evidently the sell job fell a little flat.

  3. pisano - Mar 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    They’re looking to ruin Aceves if they try to use him as a starter, if they’re smart they’ll leave him as a reliever and not take a chance of losing him.He’s great right where he’s at, I wouldn’t look to spoil success.

    • uyf1950 - Mar 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM

      My friend, I couldn’t agree more. Having seen him pitch for the Yankees. Sometimes people just have to learn for themselves.

      • rollinghighwayblues - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:17 AM

        I’ve said it time and time again that Aceves is a great long relief guy, constantly throwing up zeros and should not be messed with. I can’t remember if it was pisano, ufy or len (I know it was a Yankee fan) but I remember this past fall talking about how Aceves was the Red Sox starting pitchers saving grace in many a game.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Weed should be decriminalized.

    This is the ‘stating the obvious’ article, right?

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