Newly demoted Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard will report to Pawtucket on Thursday and will start Friday against Indianapolis. General manager Ben Cherington said it would be a short stint. The idea is to let Bard work through his issues with shorter, more-frequent trips to the mound.
“Daniel knows what he needs to do to get himself back to being an elite pitcher,’’ Cherington said. “That’s what he’s going to go down to do. When he does that, we think he can pitch in whatever role he’s asked to pitch in.’’
Cherington said Bard’s future role in the majors was not part of recent conversations between the team and the struggling pitcher. It was more about what he needs to do to pitch well again.
“He’s going to go down and get himself on track,’’ Cherington said. “If he’s doing what he needs to do and doing what he’s capable of doing, then he’ll be a part of the conversation as a starter again.
The key for us, in our minds, and in Daniel’s mind, if he’s doing the things that have made him elite in the past, then it just doesn’t matter where he’s asked to pitch, he’ll be fine.’’
Bard was 5-6 with a 5.24 ERA.