BOSTON -- The Red Sox's bullpen shuffle will continue when the club begins a six-game road trip Tuesday in Toronto. Daniel Bard was optioned to Double-A Portland after Sunday's game and is expected to be replaced on the active roster by Joel Hanrahan, who tossed a scoreless inning of relief for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday.
Bard, who walked the only two men he faced Saturday night at Fenway Park, was called into manager John Farrell’s office Sunday, just moments after Hanrahan worked around a leadoff walk in Pawtucket in his second rehab outing as he works his way back from a hamstring strain.
Hanrahan told The Providence Journal that “the thing that’s been holding me back isn’t holding me back anymore,” and that he was ready to rejoin the big club. Bard, who made two appearances for Boston since being recalled Wednesday, did not speak with reporters in the Red Sox clubhouse.
Left-hander Craig Breslow also pitched Sunday in Pawtucket, giving up a run in two-thirds of an inning before being pulled. He threw 26 pitches and will need to throw some more as he recovers from left shoulder tendinitis. Farrell indicated Sunday that Breslow, because of his lack of a full spring training, will need more time than Hanrahan to build up his arm strength.