When Alfredo Aceves was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket and Daniel Bard was called up from Double-A Portland, there was a part of us that all wanted to see Bard do well and maybe stick in the big leagues again.
After all, he had been an integral part of the Boston Red Sox bullpen until last year when he struggled as a starting pitcher. Before his callup this year, he had been doing okay with the Sea Dogs.
He threw the ball well in his first outing throwing 18 pitches, 10 for strikes on April 25th against the Houston Astros. He allowed only one hit in his inning of work.
But on Saturday, Bard once again had trouble finding the strike zone as he threw nine pitches with just one for a strike and was removed from the game.
And with Joel Hanrahan eligible to come off the disabled list on April 29th, an off day for the Red Sox, the team has optioned Bard back to the Sea Dogs to make room for the (former?) closer.
Hopefully more time with Bob Kipper in Portland will help out Bard. I hope Bard knows the fans of Red Sox Nation are rooting for him to get back on track because unlike Rick Ankiel, Bard doesn't have the skills to be an everyday player at another position.
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