BOSTON (CBS) – Daniel Bard is back in the Major Leagues.
The Red Sox recalled the right-hander from Double-A Portland on Wednesday, optioning right-hander Stephen Wright to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the roster.
With the back of the Boston bullpen pretty much set, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he will use Bard in early relief situations as he makes his way back in the majors.
“Right now it’s a matter of him getting acclimated to this level and building some confidence along the way,” said Farrell. “He’s here to perform and be a regular in our bullpen.”
Bard made eight relief appearances for Portland this season, going 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA with four walks and four strikeouts. The 27-year-old did not allow an earned run in his last five appearances, and six innings total.
It’s a tale of two careers for Bard, who as a major league reliever has a 3.21 ERA in 199 appearances to go with 217 strikeouts over 202 innings of work. He attempted to make the switch to a starter in 2012 with disastrous results though. He finished the season 5-6 with a 6.22 ERA between the rotation and the bullpen, and found himself back in the minors in an attempt to straighten things out.
Bard will be available for Wednesday afternoon’s game against Oakland.