Daniel Bard had a good relief outing at Triple-A

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It doesn’t say much for his overall status that this is actually semi-newsworthy, but here goes: Daniel Bard threw two scoreless innings at Triple-A yesterday.

Working as a reliever Bard struck out four batters, walked one, and allowed zero hits in two frames for Pawtucket, lowering his ERA there to 9.00 ERA in four outings.

On one hand an impressive two-inning appearance is a big step in the right direction for Bard. On the other hand throwing two innings, no matter how impressive, seemingly indicates that he won’t be ready to jump back into the Red Sox’s rotation anytime soon. Or at least not without having pitch count limitations.

Returning to the majors as a reliever, however, could occur at any time and ultimately considering how shaky Bard looked transitioning from the bullpen to the rotation he might be better off if that happens anyway.

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.