Bard not available in 'pen, set to start Friday

Bard not available in 'pen, set to start Friday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Daniel Bard will not be available in the Red Sox's bullpen for Wednesday night's series finale against the Twins and remains on track to start Friday against the White Sox.

Bard made a cameo relief appearance Monday vs. Minnesota, as he recorded two outs to escape an eighth-inning jam en route to his first win this season. Manager Bobby Valentine was considering using Bard in a relief situation again Wednesday, but he changed his mind.

"I just threw a bullpen [session]," Bard said after throwing 40 pitches by his count. "I talked to [Valentine]. ... Can't throw a bullpen and pitch in the game."

Valentine said the discussion changed his mind.

"Before I got here, he might have been [available], and then we talked and figured it was not the right thing to do," Valentine said. "At 2 p.m. this afternoon, I figured it was an option.

"We just talked about it. What if it goes 30 pitches? What am I going to do, take him out after a 22nd pitch, bring someone else in? It's a crazy situation. ... I don't think he needs more than 50 pitches today between warming up and a game. What happens if he goes over that? Then you're not in a good place."