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Daniel Bard will be back with the Red Sox soon

Aug 18, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

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When the Red Sox demoted Daniel Bard to Triple-A Pawtucket in June, the hope was that he would be able to straighten out his mechanics and get back on track against lesser competition. Things haven’t exactly worked out that way.

Bard has a 7.45 ERA and 30/29 K/BB ratio over 29 innings in 28 relief appearances with the PawSox. The 27-year-old right-hander allowed just an unearned run and two walks over five innings in his last five appearances in July, but has an awful 12.71 ERA and 6/12 K/BB ratio over 5 2/3 innings this month.

Despite his lack of progress and continued control issues, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald hears that Bard will be back with the Red Sox this season.

Bard clearly isn’t fixed and while we have no way of knowing what is going on inside of his head, bringing him back to the big leagues only to see him struggle again may not be beneficial to him in the long-run. Given how ugly the situation already is in Boston, this could be an unnecessary risk.

Bard, 27, posted a 5.24 ERA and 34/37 K/BB ratio over 55 innings in 10 starts and one relief appearance prior to being demoted to the minors.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Maybe they are going to strip him for parts….a ligament for Crawford here, a tendon for Papi there….

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      A liver for Beckett….

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 18, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      Hair transplant for Pedroia….

      • hojo20 - Aug 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM

        A heart for the entire roster.

  2. randygnyc - Aug 18, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    And a brain for Henry.

    • Glenn - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      … who might be the dumbest rich guy since George W Bush or any of the Hapsburgs.

  3. heelbostonfan - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    All I can do at this point is yawn. We suck. Now can we fire Bobby already???

  4. dan1111 - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Bard has allowed 12 runs in his last seven appearances, only pitching one scoreless inning. They need some of that in the majors!

  5. theskinsman - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Maybe the Sox are bringing him up to be their version of Chamberlin? Except Bard can still throw 100 MPH

  6. hokiegajanisgod - Aug 19, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    “7.45 ERA and 30/29 K/BB ratio over 29 innings in 28 relief appearances with the PawSox….”

    Damn, Mark Prior had better numbers that Bard (and yes, Prior is 31, we know) and all he got was released!

    Why not have given Prior a brief stint in the bigs, and then released him if he had a few bad outings? Its not like the BoSox will be advancing to the playoffs anyway. He was obviously pitching better than Bard (and yes, Prior is 31, we know).

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