CHICAGO -- Long before the Red Sox took the field against the Cubs on Sunday night, two familiar names had productive days for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Outfielder Cody Ross, who has been sidelined with a fractured navicular bone in his left foot, went 0-for-4, but felt fine running around in the outfield.
He will go back to Boston on Monday and be re-evaluated by Boston's medical staff. If all goes well, Ross could be activated for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins at Fenway.
"He could be activated. Real strong report on him today, in everything he did," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.
Meanwhile, righty Daniel Bard, who was demoted to Pawtucket on June 5 after a rough stint in the starting rotation, had perhaps his best performance since being sent down.
Pitching out of the bullpen, Bard went two innings, allowing two hits and striking out two. He didn't walk anyone and had good velocity.
"He did good," said Valentine. "Threw it harder anyway. [Sunday] was really the first time they liked what they saw. He got up to 95 on the radar gun."
While Bard has been pitching every couple of days out of the bullpen, the Red Sox are keeping their options open on what role the righty works in when he returns to the team.