Consistency lands Bard back in Boston with Sox

Consistency lands Bard back in Boston with Sox
April 24, 2013, 2:15 pm
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BOSTON -- Daniel Bard rejoined the Red Sox Wednesday morning, promoted from Double A Portland to take the roster spot vacated by Steven Wright, who made his major league debut Tuesday night and was optioned back to Pawtucket afterward.
"The last three outings, he's been much more consistent," said John Farrell. "We made the comment and took the stance in spring training that (the assignment to Portland) was about repeating his delivery; it wasn't so much on the end results. But the results have been there along with the consistent arm slot and the delivery.
"With our need to add to our bullpen, he's back here."
Asked if Bard was simply a short-term addition to the bullpen until Joel Hanrahan is activated from the DL, Farrell hinted there would be an opportunity to stick -- if he performs.
"He's here to do just that -- to perform and be a regular in our bullpen," said Farrell, who added that Bard would likely be used, at least initially, "in early relief situations. Right now, it's a matter of getting acclimated at this level and building some confidence along the way."
Farrell said Bard was throwing 93-96 mph at Portland, shy of the high-90s velocity he showed in 2011 and before.
"But I think a lot of guys would sign up to throw that hard," said Farrell.