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Daniel Bard walks four in latest Triple-A outing

Aug 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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It might be time to write off Daniel Bard for the rest of the year.

The 27-year-old righty walked four of the five batters he faced Tuesday in his appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket. He’s walked 10 and giving up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings this month.

Bard was throwing better towards the end of July, allowing just an unearned run and two walks over five innings in his last five appearances of the month. August has been a different story, though. The feeling is that Bard’s struggles are the result of both poor mechanics and a lack of confidence. He hasn’t gone full-on Rick Ankiel, but some of it is mental.

“There were some outings I was really frustrated afterward, and it was like, ‘Where do I go from here?’” Bard said earlier this month. “It kind of gives you that light at the end of the tunnel. I’m healthy, I’ve done this before, I’m going to do it again in the near future.”

Overall, Bard has allowed 24 earned runs in 28 innings for Pawtucket, giving him a 7.71 ERA. He’s struck out 30 and walked 27.

In case you were wondering, Mark Prior, too, is having some control problems at Pawtucket. He’s walked 13 batters in his last nine outings, and his ERA is on the rise. He has a 4.01 ERA and a 38/23 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings over his 18 appearances.

  1. willclarkgameface - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    This story is getting lost in all the Valentine drama.

    The fact of the matter is that the Red Sox have ruined this guys career and the only thing they can do now is let him go. They won’t get anything for him, but pitching in Boston is NOT going to be the answer for him.

    It’s a shame. He lit it up last year until September. You’ve gotta feel bad for the guy.

    • kidfromboston97 - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Your an idiot. Boston DIDN’T ruin him, they granted his wishes to be in the starting rotation again. He was a starter coming out of UNC and obviously he found a niche in the bullpen but at the beginning of spring training he was crying like a little bitch about his displeasure with not being a starter. He doesn’t get to make those calls, the manager does and they should have never let him have his way, he is tailor made for the bullpen. So stfu before you open your mouth.

  2. spudatx - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Control problems? Inconsistency? Lack of confidence? Bard’s 2012 campaign is like a caricature of the entire Red Sox season.

  3. jt2663 - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    At this point I say bring him back up and see if he can regain some confidence. What’s he going to do …..ruin the red sox season?

  4. tonystrong - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Remember the argument Red Sox fans were having about who should have been their closer Bard or Papelbon? Papelbon won!

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