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BOSTON-- In what has been an interesting career thus far for Red Sox relief pitcher Daniel Bard, the fireballer has suffered another setback. According to a tweet from Pete Abraham, the Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Globe, Boston has optioned Bard down to Double-A Portland to make room for primary closer Joel Hanrahan. Abraham tweeted the following earlier this afternoon.
Daniel Bard optioned to AA Portland
He then tweeted when Hanarahan is expected to be activated by the Red Sox.
Presumably the #RedSox will activate Joel Hanrahan on Tuesday.
He suffered a sore right hamstring injury back on April 3 against the Yankees, and Boston shut him down for a few days beginning on April 14 to deal with the injury. The Des Moines, Iowa native told the Globe that week that it had been bothering him, and that it was on his mind.
It’s kind of been there in the back of my mind. I was hoping I could get through it,” Hanrahan said. “I’ve kind of pitched a couple of games through it and I’ve been doing some treatment on it. It’s not anything terrible but it’s something that’s going to need a couple of days off, I think.
Bard has appeared in two games with the Red Sox this season sporting a 9.00 ERA pitching one inning, giving up one hit, and one run (which was earned), walking two and striking out one. His most recent appearance was last night against the Astros, giving up no hits, but surrendering a run (which was earned) and striking out one. He threw 27 pitches, 11 of them for strikes.
Prior to that, he pitched Thursday, toeing the rubber for one inning, surrendering a hit, while whiffing one batter. He was very economical with his pitches, throwing 18 of them, 10 for strikes. It appears that this demotion was a result of the need to make room on the roster and not performance-based although that is not for certain.
Either way, this must be somewhat deflating to Bard, but as is often the case with sports, things can change in an instant.