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Daniel Bard back with Red Sox despite 7.03 ERA at Triple-A

Aug 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Daniel Bard was back in the Red Sox’s clubhouse yesterday and will officially be recalled before today’s game, returning to the majors following a three-month demotion to Triple-A.

Bard was dumped from Boston’s rotation and sent to the minors in early June, taking with him a 5.24 ERA and more walks (37) than strikeouts (34) in 55 innings.

He was every bit as awful at Triple-A with a 7.03 ERA and 32/29 K/BB ratio in 32 innings, making 30 of his 31 appearances as a reliever. He also plunked 10 batters and uncorked nine wild pitches. In other words, he was a mess.

And yet now he’s back in the majors, although it’s hard to imagine manager Bobby Valentine relying on him for anything more than a mop-up bullpen role.

  1. gerryb323 - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Well I hear their current mop up guy is actually their closer, so there may be some availability at mop up.
    Of course, at this point in the season it’s all really mop up duty for the Sox, so welcome (back) to the mad-house Danny!

  2. shaggylocks - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    A year ago this guy was the closer heir-apparent. What is it about the reliever-to-starter conversion that screws these kids up?

  3. skeleteeth - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    I wish I can know.

  4. randygnyc - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Bobby will name bard the closer by first pitch. And then, Ace will know.

  5. spudatx - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    This whole Bard ordeal seems like a mental breakdown. I haven’t seen any reports of injury or indicators like lowered velocity. AAA clearly wasn’t working. Just the demotion to AA might break this guy’s confidence in a bad way. Why not force a scenery change and put him back in The Bigs to see what happens? The Sox have nothing to lose at this point and it would seem Bard doesn’t either.

    • sabatimus - Aug 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Exactly. They have zero to lose by this move, because they’ve already lost.

  6. pinkfloydprism - Aug 30, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    The way they are playing, this cannot possibly hurt in any way.

  7. homelanddefense - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    10 hit batters in 32 innings, holy smokes. And its not like he doesnt throw 95+

  8. hokiegajanisgod - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Worse numbers than Mark Prior…and more options, yet Prior got dumped without even a brief look in Boston. Not like the Sox are adverse to letting a a minor leaguer (see Zach Stewart last night..and yes, I know he’s a starter, not a reliever) pitch a game in a now meaningless season.

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