AL scout: 'Bard should be in the pen'

AL scout: 'Bard should be in the pen'
March 17, 2012, 3:40 pm
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Many eyebrows were raised when the Red Sox announced that Daniel Bard would be given a chance to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.

Even though the Red Sox thought it was a good idea, that doesn't mean everyone agrees with them. According to John Heyman of CBS Sports, one American League scout has his doubts about Bard's move to the rotation.

"Bard should be in the pen,'' the A.L. scout said. "He's a thrower, not a pitcher. And he's had success in the pen. I'd have made him the closer once (Jonathan) Papelbon left.''

The doubters might have been looking at the 7.08 ERA in 75 innings Bard had as a starter in his first professional season in 2007. Keep in mind, he was only 22 during that season.