Daniel Bard back with Red Sox despite 7.03 ERA at Triple-A

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Daniel Bard was back in the Red Sox’s clubhouse yesterday and will officially be recalled before today’s game, returning to the majors following a three-month demotion to Triple-A.

Bard was dumped from Boston’s rotation and sent to the minors in early June, taking with him a 5.24 ERA and more walks (37) than strikeouts (34) in 55 innings.

He was every bit as awful at Triple-A with a 7.03 ERA and 32/29 K/BB ratio in 32 innings, making 30 of his 31 appearances as a reliever. He also plunked 10 batters and uncorked nine wild pitches. In other words, he was a mess.

And yet now he’s back in the majors, although it’s hard to imagine manager Bobby Valentine relying on him for anything more than a mop-up bullpen role.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.