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Edwin Encarnacion leaves game after being plunked on the hand by imploding Daniel Bard

Jun 3, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT


One gets the sense that Red Sox starter Daniel Bard doesn’t really know where the ball’s going these days. Coming in to today’s action he has walked 31 batters to only 32 strikeouts. And today he walked six more in an inning and two thirds, allowing five runs on only a single hit.

And he took out a guy on the Blue Jays to boot.  The last batter Bard faced was DH Edwin Encarnacion, who he plunked on the right hand. He stayed in the game to run the bases, but he was lifted for Jeff Mathis later in the game.  No word yet on Encarnacion’s status.

Bard’s status: maybe ticketed out of the Red Sox starting rotation if this keeps up.

  1. mydadyourmom - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Bard is terrible. Should be in the minors. Wish the Jays would have plunked someone back.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      He should be in the bullpen. And they threw at Youkilis.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        I disagree. The pitch that hit Youkilis was not deliberate. Nobody on the Jays thought that Bard was throwing at them. Bard was charged with 5 runs on 1 hit (A 3 run homer by Bautista) and 6 walks.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 3, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        Hutchison’s control was impeccable before Youkilis came up for the third time.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        At this stage in his career, Youkilis is not wort throwing at.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:49 PM

        I forgot. Youk is trade bait and the Red Sox want to keep him healthy in order to find a taker. In the meantime, Encarnacion is having a great season.

      • 24missed - Jun 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        What about Shoppach? Not saying it was intentional, but he was hit, too.

        I can’t imagine that anyone on the Blue Jays would think that Bard was trying to hit players. The guy was just a mess.

        I hope there aren’t any knee-jerk reactions by Boston to this. I hope they really think hard about what is best for the team and what is best for Bard.

      • cur68 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:01 AM

        Shoppach leaned into that pitch. In fact, more than leaned into it; stuck his elbow out to GET hit. Smart piece of getting on base, but not really a HBP type thing when you duck into one and the ump lets you get away with it.

        Dunno about Youk being on purpose. Sure was a helluva coincidence that he got hit. ‘Specially after Hutchison was putting the ball on a dime all the way. I think what happened was what was meant to happen. Just glad no one got hurt.

  2. mydadyourmom - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Although Youk got hit that wasn’t enough for me.

  3. randygnyc - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Bard’s implosion is welcomed news.

  4. mydadyourmom - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Can’t throw strikes = minors.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      He was fine with his control in the pen.

  5. drewsylvania - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    This is really what everyone predicted would happen with Bard if he got moved to the rotation.

  6. hushbrother - Jun 3, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Jeff Mathis took his place as DH? Good Lord.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      If the hand is broken, expect to see Vlad in a Jay’s uniform.

  7. proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Bruised hand. Day to day!

    • cur68 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      Whew. That guy IS the offence. Nice to see Bautista light one up. He needs to do that more.

  8. jayquintana - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Even Dice-BB’s going, “this guy walks too many batters.”

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