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Fri, 17 May 2013 11:06:09 -0700
The Boston Red Sox haven't considered moving RP Daniel Bard from Double-A Portland to extended spring training despite his struggles. Bard walked five and threw only eight of his 30 pitches for strikes in one-plus inning for Portland Wednesday, May 15.
Fantasy Tip: Bard appears to have hit rock bottom in his attempt to return as a relief pitcher. Don't expect to see him back in Boston any time soon, though, even with Joel Hanrahan (elbow) out for the rest of the season.
Thu, 02 May 2013 12:21:39 -0700
Boston Red Sox RP Daniel Bard walked two and threw two wild pitches with Double-A Portland Thursday, May 2, and threw only four of his 15 pitches for strikes. He has walked three, thrown three wild pitches and thrown strikes on 13 of his 33 pitches in two outings since being optioned.
Fantasy Tip: It's back to the drawing board for Bard, who has not been the same pitcher since Boston attempted to convert him to a starting pitcher last year. His mechanics appear to be completely out of whack, giving him absolutely no control of his pitches. With Boston's bullpen one of the best in the bigs so far this year, don't expect Bard to show his face in the big leagues anytime soon.
Sun, 28 Apr 2013 14:31:39 -0700
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:02:05 -0700
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said RP Daniel Bard will become a regular member of the team's bullpen after they promoted him from Double-A Portland Wednesday, April 24. Bard hadn't allowed a run in his last five outings for Portland, and his fastball was sitting between 93 and 96 mph. "I think it's a matter of maintenance, not wholesale adjustments by any means," Farrell said. "It's a matter of repeating a delivery that's natural to him, and when he does he's been successful." The plan is to use Bard early in relief innings.
Fantasy Tip: Bard seems to have fixed his mechanics enough to achieve consistency that will make him successful again in the majors, albeit in early relief appearances. The Red Sox, even without Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) are set in the backend with Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and Andrew Bailey.
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:07:18 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The planned length of Bard's stay is unknown, so AL-only managers shouldn't be too aggressive in trying to acquire his depth services.
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:54:51 -0700
Boston Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves said the team believes SP Daniel Bard can get back to his previous form if he can improve his control down in the minor leagues. "Oh, absolutely," Nieves said. "There is a lot there. If he's healthy, I don't see any reason why he shouldn't come back and be the guy that we always have seen." Bard was sent to Double-A Portland because it will give him more time to work on his control.
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:59:38 -0700
The Boston Red Sox placed SS Stephen Drew (concussion) on the seven-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. RP Daniel Bard was also optioned to Double-A Portland, meaning RP Clayton Mortensen has won the final bullpen spot.
Fantasy Tip: Jose Iglesias will start the year as the team's starting shortstop. Drew is a slow healer and concussions can be maddeningly tricky, but Iglesias' weak bat should limit his worth to AL leagues for however long Drew is out.
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:58:56 -0700
Boston Red Sox RP Daniel Bard is expected to start the year in the minors after having another rough outing against minor leaguers Friday, March 22. He could not get out of the inning Friday after allowing a single, walking two, striking out two and hitting a batter. He threw 14 of his 27 pitches for strikes.
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:06:45 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The bottom line: Bard must improve his control in order to be successful in a setup role for the BoSox. With Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey ahead of him, there's pretty much no hope for him to see save chances anytime soon.
Fri, 08 Mar 2013 11:16:54 -0800
Boston Red Sox RP Daniel Bard struck out the side in his outing Thursday, March 7, and he looked more like the pitcher he was before last season's implosion, throwing his fastball and hitting 97 mph on the radar gun. He also displayed his biting slider after taking nine days between outings to work with pitching coach Juan Nieves on footwork and the angle of his delivery. Bard worked to keep his right shoulder from dipping and creating a side-to-side motion with his pitches instead of up-and-down. "He stayed behind a lot of fastballs," said manager John Farrell. "It was improved command, improved velocity. It was a very good day for him."
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