Joe McDonald, Projo:
It appears the Daniel Bard Era is about to begin.This is interesting because on Thursday afternoon SoSHer j44thor wrote that:
The Red Sox have not made an official announcement, but Bard is expected to be at Fenway Park Sunday night for the series finale against the Rays.
The 23-year-old right-hander was original selected as the Sox' second pick of the first round (28th overall) in the 2006 draft.
This highly-touted prospect has been outstanding for the PawSox this season. He's 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 6 saves in 11 games. He has struck out 29 batters in 16 innings and can easily reach 100 MPH on the radar gun. He's been the closer for Pawtucket.
The Red Sox will not only have to take someone off the 25-man roster in Boston to make room for Bard, but they'll also have to make a move to put Bard on the 40-man roster.
Theo was on the CSN Baseball show over the weekend and said that Bard is still weeks to months from being moved up. He said that Bard could get out MLB batters with just his fastball right now but they want to see him work on his slider as they feel it can also be a wipeout pitch at the next level. ...Bard's AAA stats.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Bard up sooner than Theo hinted but at the same time he is on a very structured pitching program and has yet to face adversity in AAA something the FO typically likes to see them handle before promotion.