Bard optioned to Pawtucket
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have optioned right-handed pitcher Daniel Bard to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Manager Bobby Valentine said Tuesday that the club felt Bard (5-6) needs to work on his mechanics back in the minors before he gets another shot at making the Red Sox rotation.
Bard lasted less than two innings in his start at Toronto on Sunday, when he allowed five runs on six walks and hit two batters. In 55 innings this season, Bard has an ERA of 5.24 with 34 strikeouts and 37 walks.
Valentine says he expects Bard to make a quick turnaround.
Valentine wasn't sure who will replace Bard in the rotation. The manager says Daisuke Matsusaki was scheduled to pitch three innings for Pawtucket on Tuesday and may be close to returning.
The Red Sox also removed outfielder Darnell McDonald from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.