The Boston Red Sox recalled right-hander Daniel Bard and optioned Zach Stewart back to Triple-A before last night's game, the team announced:
Red Sox Recall RHP Daniel Bard from Triple-A Pawtucket; Option RHP Zach Stewart to Pawtucket.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 30, 2012
The 27-year-old Bard will pitch exclusively out of the Red Sox bullpen, where he will try to reclaim what has become a lost season for him. Moved into the back end of the rotation to begin the season, Bard struggled right out of the gate. The right-hander amassed a 5.24 ERA and 6.1 BB/9 in ten starts and was demoted to Triple-A at the beginning of June.
Bard continued to struggle in Pawtucket despite a return to the relief duties, posting a 7.03 ERA and 8.2 BB/9 in thirty-two innings. Despite his troubles finding the strike zone, the Red Sox believe Bard can work through his issues with the big league club.
Stewart, 25, was knocked around by the Angels in his Red Sox debut Wednesday night, giving up nine runs in just three innings of work. The young right-hander, who was acquired in the Kevin Youkilis trade earlier this year, now owns a 7.91 ERA in thirty-three big league innings this season.