BOSTON -- Daniel Bard's meltdown Sunday in Toronto is not being treated by the Red Sox as just one of those things.
The team optioned the struggling right-hander to Pawtucket on Tuesday, two days after his 1 13-inning, 6-walk, 2-hit batter disaster against the Blue Jays. There was no immediate word as to whether Bard will continue to start games with the PawSox, or if the move is the beginning of a transition back to the bullpen.
The Sox activated outfielder Darnell McDonald to replace Bard on the roster, but will need to find another starter by the weekend. The obvious choice is Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is completing his rehab after Tommy John surgery.
More to come . . .
Jackie Bradley Jr. will likely have a spotless attendance record for White House trips.
The Boston Red Sox outfielder began discussing those championship trips to meet the president after Red Sox chairman Tom Werner referenced the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win at a team get-together on Friday morning.
“If my team is going, yes, I’m going,” Bradley Jr. told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, adding later, “I don’t like politics, not even a little bit.”
The Patriots so far have six players who have openly stated they will not attend New England's White House trip to meet President Donald Trump. Team leaders like Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty are among those unwilling to attend.
For Bradley, the White House trip is not about making a political statement.
“The reason why we’re going there is because we did something together as a team. The White House is cool,” he said. “I’m with my team."
The 26-year-old outfielder has twice attended the championship trip to the nation's capital. In college, he went with the South Carolina Gamecocks after they won the College World Series. He later attended with the Red Sox in 2013. Bradley Jr. said he enjoyed attending the White House to meet Barack Obama, but added he wasn't concerned with which president was hosting the event.
He said: “How many people can say they’ve been to the White House? That alone. There is a lot history there, and I’m a big fan of architecture. I think the whole thing is unique.”
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