Daniel Bard blew away batters throughout spring training, rarely letting a single baserunner on. He did just as well in his brief stint with Triple A Pawtucket this season, a stint which has reached a conclusion for now.
Bard, the fire-balling right handed reliever, has been called up today, the first call-up of his professional career. With Javier Lopez designated for assignment after last night's game, that opens up the spot for the pitcher taken in the first round of the 2006 draft out of North Carolina.
This season, Bard has a 1.13 ERA in 11 appearances, spanning 16 innings. He has allowed two runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out 29 batters. Hitters are batting .115 off of him.
"What would be ideal is to get him in a game where he has a little bit of leeway," manager Terry Francona said. "That may not happen. I think I said the same thing with Cla Meredith. We'll see. Is he here to stay? We really don't know. I don't think that is the most urgent thing on everybody's mind now."
Bard, who will be 24 in June, last pitched on May 6, so he would be available whenever the Sox need him.