Jun 3, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Daniel Bard (51) and catcher Kelly Shoppach (10) meet on the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
1 Total Update since June 5, 2012
9 months ago Update 0 comments
Former Boston fireballer Daniel Bard will reportedly rejoin the big league Red Sox by September. Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald tweeted that a source told him to expect Bard back in the MLB by next month, if not sooner:
Daniel Bard definitely will rejoin— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) August 18, 2012
#RedSox by September, maybe sooner, according to team source
Bard was moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation at the beginning of the season, but he struggled mightily in his new role during the month of May and was demoted to Pawtucket at the beginning of June.
He hasn't fared much better at Triple-A, posting a 7.45 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 29 walks in 29 innings of work. As recently as Friday, he struggled with his command against the Yankee's Triple-A affiliate, blowing a 4-2 lead and allowing three runs to cross. He's allowed runs in six of his last seven appearances as he continues to struggle to throw strikes.
12 months ago Update 0 comments
From valuable setup man to demoted starting pitcher, Daniel Bard has come a long way in one year. Not that he will enjoy his latest destination. Bard was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
The 26-year old righty has struggled with his conversion into a starting pitcher, going 5-6 with a 5.24 ERA over 11 starts with the Red Sox this year. His strikeout rate has suffered significantly in his new role, and he's lasted an average of just 5.0 innings per start. He was knocked out of his last start against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 3 after surrendering five runs in 1.2 innings.
Bard was quite a bit better last year as a setup man for Jonathan Papelbon, posting a 3.33 ERA over 73.0 innings. He was better in 2010, when he accrued a 1.93 ERA over 74.2 innings.
Darnell McDonald has been activated and will take Bard's place on the roster.