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Red Sox send Daniel Bard back to Double-A

Apr 29, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Daniel Bard’s latest stay in the majors lasted all of four days, as the Red Sox optioned the right-hander  back to Double-A.

Bard appeared in just two games and faced a total of six batters, allowing one run on two walks and one hit while striking out one.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes that Bard “was not necessarily ready after making only eight appearances” in the minors, “but he was the only healthy reliever on the 40-man roster who was available at the time.”

So that tells you where he currently stands in the Red Sox’s plans.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    God bless. It seems like a lifetime ago when this guy was pouring in easy gas and striking out guys left and right. Talk about a shell of a former self.

  2. Jack Marshall - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Bard’s deterioration began the last third of 2011, and was one key factor that cost the Red Sox a play-off slot. Then his complete failure as a starter and acquisition of some strain of the Steve Blass disease contributed mightily to last year’s train wreck. His unpredictable collapse has been a terrible blow to Boston, and I think the team is whistling in the dark, making brave statements that almost he’s back on track. We too often take brilliance for granted, and in sports, the tiniest change can evaporate it forever. I hope Bard beats the odds and comes all the way back, but in all likelihood, his days as an impact pitcher are behind him, never to return. I think the team would be wise to trade him to a team desperate for a closer while his past still inspires hope.

    • shaggylocks - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      Those brave statements might be for Bard’s sake as much as for the public, especially if they think the problem might be mental.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      You’re mistating ‘Steve Blass disease.’ Bard has problems, but they are different than Blass’s were.

  3. pastabelly - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    The speed on his fastball is down from when he was going well. He’s not the same pitcher.

  4. j0esixpack - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    The fact that he remains on the 40 man roster certainly tells you that the Sox still have some hope and confidence he will turn things around.

    Keeping him at AA also tells him to focus on his mechanics

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