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Red Sox place Stephen Drew on concussion DL, option Daniel Bard to Double-A

Mar 28, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

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Boston made a pair of key roster moves, placing shortstop Stephen Drew on the seven-day disabled list for concussions and optioning right-hander Daniel Bard to Double-A.

Drew hasn’t played since being hit on the helmet by a pitch on March 7, struggling with dizziness and other post-concussion symptoms. Jose Iglesias will step in as the Opening Day shortstop.

Bard’s nightmare 2012 season has continued this spring with seven runs allowed in eight innings, although he has managed 10 strikeouts compared to four walks. He actually looked good early in camp, but has really struggled recently. Clayton Mortensen is expected to take the final spot in the Red Sox’s bullpen as they wait for Bard to show signs of being the dominant setup man from 2009-2011. Bard hasn’t pitched at Double-A since 2008, when he threw 50 innings with a 1.99 ERA and 64 strikeouts.

  1. kjericho43 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    AA. Yikes. That must have been an awkward conversation. I’m starting to think he will never find “it”, whatever “it” was.

    • jcmeyer10 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      Seriously, I read that twice just to make sure.

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Good luck to Drew. Hope he is able to play soon.

  3. elchucko70 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Reblogged this on elchucko70's Blog and commented:
    Bard hasn’t got “it”. Bosox need to move on.

  4. elchucko70 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Bard…what happened?

    • homelanddefense - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      the switch to starter messed with his head. I dont think he will ever be right again. There were always rumors that the Sox didnt see him as a potential closer because the didnt ahve the proper “mindset”. Maybe they really meant he was a bit fragile mentally. Sure seems that way now.

  5. uyf1950 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Stick a fork in Bard he’s done.

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