Bard officially moved back to relief role

June, 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- The Daniel Bard experiment is over.

The right-hander said Friday that he and the Red Sox agreed to abort his conversion to starter and instead officially return him to his role as a reliever.

Bard was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on June 7 after posting a 5-6 record with a 5.24 ERA in 10 starts and one relief appearance for the Red Sox this season, his first as a starter. The 26-year-old made one start for Pawtucket, but he’s since worked out of the bullpen.

Bard and Red Sox GM Ben Cherington came to an agreement that it was time to return him to the bullpen as a reliever, a role he dominated for the last two and a half seasons in Boston.

“After going and doing it a couple of times it felt like I belonged,” Bard said. “It felt like that was what I was meant to do is pitch late in games. My skill set and my experience is built for that type of role. It’s just a feeling and there’s conviction to it. Everyone I’ve talked to, including how I feel myself, I know I can be a good starter, but I already know I’m a great reliever. Maybe that’s what I was meant to do and I’ll try to embrace it from here on out.”

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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