Red Sox send Bard to Pawtucket

June, 5, 2012
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox on Tuesday demoted struggling right-hander Daniel Bard to Triple-A Pawtucket to work things out, activating outfielder Darnell McDonald to take his roster spot.

It’s still unclear how the Red Sox will fill his spot in the rotation. Bard was scheduled to make his next start Saturday. Rehabbing right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka would seem to be an option. He was scheduled to start Tuesday for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday night as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery.

The demotion comes after Bard’s worst outing of the season on Sunday in Toronto. The converted setup man surrendered just one hit but walked six and hit two other batters, lasting just 1 2/3 innings and giving up five earned runs.

"There's no reason the way I threw the ball out of the bullpen shouldn't translate to starting," he said after Sunday's start. "I know it's not exactly the same. We've tried to change too many things. We just need to get back to being simple."

He is 5-6 with a 5.24 ERA, 37 walks and 34 strikeouts in 55 innings this season. He has not only struggled with command, but his velocity is down as well from his time as a reliever.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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