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Daniel Bard struggles in first appearance since demotion

Jun 9, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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Daniel Bard was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket this week after posting a 5.24 ERA, a league-leading eight hit batsmen and a 34/37 K/BB ratio over 55 innings. His first appearance in the minors suggests that a return to the Red Sox is not imminent.

According to Ian Browne of, Bard allowed three runs in one inning last night against the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate. While he struck out two, he also gave up two hits and hit two batters. He threw 16 out of 25 pitches for strikes and topped out at 96 mph on his fastball.

While Bard started the game, he was only scheduled to pitch one inning and he was more focused on his mechanics than the results.

“The best thing about throwing down here is you can kind of ignore the results and not worry about wins and losses as much,” Bard said. “[I was] trying some tweaks mechanically, and I think it was really good on some pitches — and that’s what I was looking for, to get that feel. I didn’t expect it to be perfect on every pitch. The pitches it felt good on did what they were supposed to and went where they were supposed to [go].”

Bard won’t have to wait long to put last night’s outing behind him. He’s scheduled to make his next appearance Monday, likely throwing two innings. It hasn’t been decided whether he’ll start the game or come out of the bullpen.

  1. drewsylvania - Jun 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    At least he’s not hurting the big club now. I’m wondering if/when Aceves or someone else in that pen goes splat, they’ll put him back in relief. May depend on how Dice-K looks today.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Jun 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      They are going to Jaba this kid. He ain’t a starter, he is a 100mph closer. Not all triple digit h
      Guys can be Ryan or Verlander. The sox are trying there hardest to eff this guy up.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        Hopefully Bard is smarter than to clown around on a trampoline a la The Hut.

  2. MTLighthouse69 - Jun 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Bard should have been left in the pen as a set up man. The idea that they could just move him to the starting rotation is laughable. The idea that Bard can be a closer is laughable. Bard is what he is, nothing more than a setup man for the Closer.

    I think the idea of moving Bard to the starting rotation had more to do with the Red Sox wanting to fill a starters roll at a cheap price. I don’t think Bard’s desire to be a starter had anything to do with it.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      He has closer stuff, and three pitches. Many starters do well with heat and three plus pitches. It was in the realm of possibility that he’d be good as a starter. Heck, it still is–he’s a case-of-the-yips cure away from being a good starter. Problem is, he’s had the yips before, as a starter in the minors. He only fixed the problem after being converted to the pen.

      • MTLighthouse69 - Jun 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Having closer stuff, and having the mentality to be a closer are two different things. IMO, he doesn’t have it, he will be blowing saves right and left. That is, assuming that he ever gets back into the majors.

  3. Jack Marshall - Jun 10, 2012 at 5:31 AM

    BOY Daniel Bard commentary tends to be absurd. The Red Sox obviously doubted whether Bard was a slam dunk closer (look at his record when he was asked to close), and obviously he doubted it too> He had the closer’s role if he wanted it, and wanted to start instead. Teams know that there are no reluctant closer; the good ones want it, so they gave Bard a shot at closing. That’s not dumb; it’s smart: a good starter is more valuable than a set-up man, and Bard obviously has—or had— the stuff to be a good starter. The knocking of the Red Sox is hindsight bias, and an especially obvious and obnoxious sort: “if something doesn’t work, then it must have been a bad idea.”

    If Bard doesn’t contract the Steve Blass disease, then of course he’ll be back in the majors, and he might even make it back as a starter. He has a great arm.

    You might recall that Cliff Lee had to go back to the minors too.

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