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."