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Red Sox send Bard back to minors

Daniel Bard

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Daniel Bard

The Red Sox optioned Daniel Bard back to Double A Portland after the game today. He appeared in two games, allowing one run on one hit with two walks and one strikeout.

The Red Sox called Bard up on Tuesday to provide protection for the bullpen after Steven Wright threw 82 pitches in a relief appearance and was returned to the minors. With Joel Hanrahan expected to be activated on Tuesday, Bard was expendable.

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Bard was not necessarily ready after making only eight appearances for Portland. But he was the only healthy reliever on the 40-man roster who was available at the time.

The Red Sox also have been impressed with the work righthander Alex Wilson has done. In six appearances, he has thrown six scoreless innings.

Hanrahan threw a scoreless inning for Triple A Pawtucket this afternoon, allowing a walk. He is on the disabled list with a hamstring strain and is ready to return.

Lefthander Craig Breslow also pitched an inning for Pawtucket. He allowed a run on a hit and two walks. Breslow did not pitch in spring training because of a shoulder injury and may need a few more appearances before being ready.

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