NEW YORK -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said reliever Daniel Bard will rejoin the club from Triple-A Pawtucket, perhaps before the Sept. 1 date in which rosters can be expanded.
"We have to figure out what is the right time," the GM said, "but he has to be back here."
He also said it was unlikely that shortstop Jose Iglesias, projected to contend for the starting job next season, would be promoted before Sept. 1.
"We're getting good production out of shortstop," he said.
Cherington, asked whether he would like to see rookie Ryan Lavarnway catch more down the stretch, said he expects that both Lavarnway and starter Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get plenty of playing time.
"I think it's important they both play," he said. "They'll both be back for us next season. Bobby [Valentine] knows that, and it's up to him how much they play."