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Daniel Bard had a good relief outing at Triple-A

Jun 15, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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It doesn’t say much for his overall status that this is actually semi-newsworthy, but here goes: Daniel Bard threw two scoreless innings at Triple-A yesterday.

Working as a reliever Bard struck out four batters, walked one, and allowed zero hits in two frames for Pawtucket, lowering his ERA there to 9.00 ERA in four outings.

On one hand an impressive two-inning appearance is a big step in the right direction for Bard. On the other hand throwing two innings, no matter how impressive, seemingly indicates that he won’t be ready to jump back into the Red Sox’s rotation anytime soon. Or at least not without having pitch count limitations.

Returning to the majors as a reliever, however, could occur at any time and ultimately considering how shaky Bard looked transitioning from the bullpen to the rotation he might be better off if that happens anyway.

  1. Detroit Michael - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    This is good news. Bard has had a bout with exceptional wildness, regardless of whether one wants to call it “Steve Blass disease, in the distant pass, so it’s good to read that it isn’t happening again.

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