Appearing on the Dennis and Callahan Show Thursday morning, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said no guarantees had ever been made to Daniel Bard regarding having a spot in the starting rotation, prior to the season over after the injury sustained to closer Andrew Bailey.
"We didn't promise him anything at any point, and still haven't promised him anything other than he's starting Game 5," Cherington said. "What happened in our conversations over the winter, and ultimately those conversations did include Daniel but at first it was with the staff and with Bobby and the front office. … Every organization in baseball, certainly ours included, is looking for young, controllable starting pitching. The best way to acquire that is through the draft, and international signings, and drafting, and we've had some success doing that with [Jon] Lester, [Clay] Buchholz and Justin Masterson. It's best way to acquire starting pitching and manage a team and manage a payroll.
"Sometimes you need to be a little bit creative, and with Bard we felt that this was a guy who might be able to do it. Here's a guy who is really talented, he's intelligent, he's mature, he's healthy, he has a very stable personality and it's affected by much. … We decided this could impact the team if he could do it, so we gave him a chance to do it in spring training and get ramped up. So we went through spring training and he got a little better every time out. The last couple of outings he did a lot of things starters needed to do."
Cherington said that even after it was learned that Bailey would be out a significant amount of time due to thumb surgery, the organization felt the right move was to keep Bard's progression as a starting pitcher moving forward.
"Right after that Andrew Bailey got hurt, but at that time we've got so much work put into giving Daniel a chance to do that, and in our eyes he proved he deserved a chance to earn a spot in the rotation," the GM said. "And we felt we had some options in the pen, with [Alfredo] Aceves first to close games. It was never really a thought to go back on that decision, but at any point there wasn't a promise to Daniel. It was a matter of giving him every chance to do it. If he could do it there was a chance to help with the team short-term and long-term. But he has to do it in the regular season. … If he can do it, it helps us."
Among the other topics discussed by Cherington was whether or not Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine had to get the go-ahead from from management before committing to doing a weekly radio show in New York.
"He doesn't have to have permission," Cherington said. "There's nothing precluding it. He's in demand more than some other managers would be. All I care about at the end of the day is what's going on in our clubhouse. What's going on with our players. And managing our group of players. I know he's been working his tail off to do the best he can as the manager of the Red Sox."
For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.
Patriots special teams ace, Matthew Slater, joined the show after Sunday's loss to the Broncos to talk about coach Belichick's demeanor after the game, looking forward to the playoffs, Chris Harper's muffed punt, and compares Rob Gronkowski to Shaquille O'Neal.
The guys chat about the potential of a loss tonight and if they'd be "OK" with it. Is 16-0 the end-all, be-all?
Fauria calls the guys to talk about the game and why he is one of the few that feels that the Pats can win tonight. He just doesn't think Osweiler is ready for the challenge. Also, we get the inactives and Chris' final thoughts on the game.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford has the latest on the Red Sox and their hot stove offseason as he joins Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola on the Planet Mikey Show
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the sniping back and forth from Claude Julien, Brad Marchand, and Rangers coach Alain Vigneault after Boston's 4-3 comeback win on Friday. The game featured two somewhat controversial hits, Matt Beleskey's check of Derek Stepan (breaking a rib) and Brad Marchand's collision with goalie Henrik Lundqvist and ensuing flop.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
After losing their season to the Broncos on Sunday night, AND Rob Gronkowski to a knee injury, Bill Belichick was surly and combative towards the assembled media.
Following the game, multiple reports surfaced that the team doesn't consider Rob Gronkowski's knee injury to be that serious. The guys discuss the possible validity to these reports.
Greg Dickerson, Andy Hart, and Tom E. Curran are joined by Michael Irvin to talk Patriots vs. Broncos and all things NFL
We close out the day with the best in sound
Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.
Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola discuss Tom Brady vs. Cam Newton for NFL MVP in a spirited hour of radio on the Planet Mikey Show
With Oklahoma sneaking its way into a playoff spot, the Big 12 is still alive. Anthony and Austin give you picks for rivalry week and break down all things college football.
FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
The top stories of the day.More from this show