Notebook: Mixed results in Bard's latest outing

Notebook: Mixed results in Bard's latest outing
March 24, 2013, 5:00 pm
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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Daniel Bard is fighting for a roster spot in the final week of camp and his outing on Sunday was both good and bad.
Bard pitched an inning and recorded three strikeouts, but he also was nicked for a run on two hits.
He struck out Cliff Lee, allowed an infield single to Ben Revere, who took second on a throwing error by Dustin Pedroia. Bard then fanned Jimmy Rollins.
Revere took third on a passed ball and scored on a single to left by Chase Utley. Bard then struck out Ryan Howard to end the inning.
Bard, who had struggled on a back-field minor league game Friday, labeled the outing "fun. I thought I was in control. I was real happy with how I threw the ball...The best thing I could do was get out there and pitch in a game like this.''
Manager John Farrell was less enthused about the outing, though he saw some good things, too.
"Better than his last outing, but still a work in progress,'' he said, "because you see the arm slot [low] early against the first couple of hitters. I think it got back up. I thought he attacked the zone well. He threw some better fastballs today.''
Scouts had Bard's velocity mostly around 95 mph, but he hit 97 mph on a few.
Bard is in a roster battle for one remaining spot in the bullpen with Clayton Mortensen. Mortensen is out of options, while Bard has remaining options.


This week features several important dates for the Red Sox and their roster logistics.

Two veterans who are in camp on minor league deals -- outfielder Ryan Sweeney and first baseman Lyle Overbay -- have opt-out deals coming, meaning they can elect free agency if the Red Sox don't put them on the 40-man roster.
Also, Overbay, as part of an adjustment made a year ago in the new CBA, could be eligible for a $100,000 retention bonus if the Sox choose to keep him camp beyond Wednesday.
Overbay is trying to win a spot as the backup first baseman, but has to bear out Mike Carp -- already on the 40-man roster and out of options.
Sweeney also has an opt-out clause which kicks in Thursday.


Shortstop Stephen Drew continues to make progress and show improvement as he attempts to come back from a concussion sustained two-and-a-half weeks ago.

Drew had a full workout Sunday morning, and took batting practice on the field while later fielding ground balls.
"We're monitoring day-to-day,'' said Farrell, "and see if we're  getting closer to him getting back on the field with some kind of game-reps, hopefully soon.''
Farrell said Drew's symptoms are now "very minimal. Day-by-day, that continues to diminish, in small amounts, but still, we're heading in the right direction.
"I wouldn't say there's a date [for being in games] that we're looking at, but he's making progress, for sure. It would be ideal if we could get him into some minor league games before camp breaks. We'll see how he comes out of these next two days.''


Jarrod Saltalamacchia was scheduled to catch Sunday, but was left off the travel squad.

Saltalamacchia had a growth on his back removed earlier in the week and the incision opened up Saturday.
Farrell guessed that he would miss "a day or two to not risk any infection. The medical staff thought it would need a couple of days to close back up.''
With Saltalamacchia sidelined, Ryan Lavarnway caught.