MINNEAPOLIS -- On his weekly radio show Wednesday afternoon in Boston, Bobby Valentine floated the idea that Daniel Bard would be available out of the bullpen for Wednesday night's series finale, though he noted he hadn't talked to the pitcher yet to "confirm" the situation.
But after talking with Bard, Valentine said he concluded that wasn't such a good idea after all. Bard threw his normal side session instead in advance of his scheduled start Friday night in Chicago against the White Sox.
"Before I got here, he might have been, but then we talked and figured it was not the right thing to do," Valentine said. "Two o'clock this afternoon it was a hunch.
"We just talked about, what if it goes 30 pitches, what am I going to do, take him out after the 22nd pitch? Crazy situation. I don't think he needs more than 50 pitches today between warming up and the game, what happens if it comes over that? You're not in a good place. So he had a side of 50 pitches, 45, he'll be ready to go Friday."