John Farrell: Decision on Daniel Bard may come down to ‘roster management’
|03.27.13 at 5:52 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – After the Red Sox’ 5-1 loss to the Marlins at JetBlue Park Wednesday, John Farrell admitted that Daniel Bard’s fate might be determined by the organization’s need for roster flexibility more than anything.
Bard, who allowed three runs on three hits and a walk over one inning against Miami, has an option remaining, while another reliever, Clayton Mortensen, can’t be sent to the minors without being sent through waivers.
“With Daniel and that slot on our staff, it’s probably as much roster management as it might be just he, himself, and the evaluation of it,” Farrell said. “There are some things to consider and certainly part of it is where he’s at now in this adjustment phase that he’s going through. I think it’s important for Daniel to keep in mind, and for us to keep in mind, that while there’s been inconsistency in spring training, when you compare it to last year, there’s marked improvement. We’ve go to keep all that in mind.”
Bard has struggled somewhat of late, giving up runs in each of his last three outings.
Still, despite the end results Wednesday, the righty came away from his most recent outing as encouraged as he has been for the entire spring training.
“It’s pretty obvious that something needs to be made,” said Bard of a roster decision. “I think I’ve done what I’ve needed to as far as just to prove I’m over last year. My mechanics are pretty close to being locked in where I want to be. Give me a scouting report to throw off of, I think I’m going to be able to help this team.”
When told that Farrell had suggested the decision whether or not to keep him on the big league club might revolve around “roster management,” Bard said, “Completely out of my control. I can’t help that I didn’t burn any options in my first couple of years. It’s just part of the game, something I got to live with.”
Bard’s fastball, which once again sat in the mid-90’s (mph), wasn’t his primary problem this time. The reliever had difficulty locating his off-speed pitches, resulting in singles from Austin Kearns and Chris Valaika, along with a two-run double off the bat of Daniel Pertusati.
“I feel good. You could put my outing today up against something from 2010 and it’d be hard to find anything different,” Bard said. “I was never Greg Maddux. I was never a pinpoint control guy. So I’m kind of done trying to get back to that because realistically you watch anything I’ve done in the past four years, you know, it’s around the zone, let the stuff play. That’s what I’m trying to do now.”
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