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Red Sox skip Daniel Bard after rainout

Apr 22, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

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Daniel Bard is headed back to the Red Sox bullpen, but only for a couple of days.

The Red Sox announced plans to skip Bard after his scheduled start Sunday night against the Yankees was rained out. Jon Lester will stay on schedule and start Monday.

The decision isn’t likely to result in any save chances for Bard, but he will be available to work the eighth inning in front of Alfredo Aceves. If he does that and it goes well, the pressure could be on the Red Sox to keep Bard there and call up Aaron Cook to join the rotation.

Bard’s next start will come Friday against the White Sox.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    The Red Sox remind me of the famous English Bard who was a great writer of comedies and drama. This team is capable of both comedy and drama.

    • bigleagues - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      I would have written it slightly differently, but in general that’s a solid line right there.

  2. xpensivewinos - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    ……….at the same time.

    They’ve become a sad joke.

  3. bigleagues - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    The Red Sox NEED to do something about the bullpen. However the issue of Bard is far more complicated than most fans pause to consider.

    Short of convincing Roy Oswalt to come out of his temporary retirement a few months early, Bard has shown plenty of potential as a SP and should remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

    Bard wants to Start. Luckily for the Sox, Bard isn’t a Free Agent until 2016, or there wouldn’t be a choice to be made . . . they would be forced to keep him in the rotation. However, finding youthful power arms like Bard’s, and developing them as an effective SP is the preferred course of action every single time.

    If Bailey were out for the season, then part of the problem with taking Bard out of the rotation and sticking him in as Closer would be solved. That is, it is far easier for a starter to move to the bullpen than to move a reliever to the rotation.

    In other words, by taking Bard out of the rotation (especially without a clear viable replacement) and having him Close until Bailey returns is actually more likely to make an already bad situation worse than it is to solve any problems.

    Think of it this way . . . if Bard had never been a reliever and was in his Rookie season as a Starting Pitcher, would any of this discussion about moving him to be Closer even exist? Probably not.

    I’d much rather see Aaron Cook come to Boston as a reliever. The Sox also have some alternatives to the dregs in that bullpen down at AAA right now. Alex Wilson, Justin Germano, Will Inman, Garret Mock, Brandon Duckworth could do no worse than what we’ve seen thus far.

  4. drewzducks - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    If Cook is coming it’s gonna be as a starter. In last 8 years 186 appearances, 185 starts.

    • bigleagues - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      NO THANKS to the short-order Cook.

      With all due respect, that he has made 185 Starts in 186 appearances means absolutely nothing. The dude is a career .500 pitcher with a 4.53 ERA. He’s 33 years old and had spent his entire career in the NL West (not exactly the AL East), albeit in Colorado.

      This is Cook’s performance as a Starting Pitcher over the past two seasons:

      9-18, 40 Starts, 5.39 ERA, 88K’s/88BBs, 1/1 K/BB ratio, 270 Hits in 223 1/3IP

      Over that same period of time, he threw his Slider 62.4% out of all his pitches for at an average of 88.8 MPH. This is a guy who has zero confidence in his fastball and even less confidence in his secondary pitches. He induces a hefty number of swings but does not generate many misses.

      And this is the guy that everyone thinks should take Bard’s spot in the rotation . . . so Bard can be the *substitute* Closer? MADNESS!

      On second thought I don’t even want him as a reliever. Again this Cook talk is born out of Boston media.

      “Oh look, there’s a former major league at AAA who had some success in Colorado (a llllloooooonnnggggg time ago). He’s got big league experience (getting SHELLED). Let’s just bring him up and make Bard the Closer. Problem solved (until Cook’s done being roasted by AL bats, which wouldn’t be very long).”

      Forgive me if I take a pass.

      • bigleagues - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

        Ooops I screwed up . . . make that 89BB’s against 88K’s.

        You can’t make it up.

  5. bozosforall - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Yanks in first, Red Sox in last. All is right in the world.

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