Found April 22, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Daniel Bard will stay in the starting rotation, but may be available to pitch in relief early in the week. The Red Sox will skip Bard's scheduled start in the rotation after Sunday's game against the New York Yankees was rained out. There was speculation that Bard could be moved to closer after a spectacular meltdown Saturday by Boston's bullpen, which blew a 9-1 lead in a 15-9 loss to New York.Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey is sidelined after undergoing thumb surgery and Mark Melancon was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket. Bard was the setup man to closer Jonathan Papelbon for the past two years, but won the No. 5 starting job in spring training. He is 0-2 with a 4.63 ERA in two starts.He is scheduled to start Friday at the Chicago White Sox.
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