FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager John Farrell has seen improvements in Daniel Bard, since the right-hander was kept out of games for nine days, working on his mechanics on the side.
“Just a subtle adjustment in his delivery that has allowed him to stay behind the baseball and really see sizable difference in the execution of pitches,” Farrell said. “He’s got a bullpen [session] today and then will be back on the mound Thursday. But he’s in a much better place, much more consistent. He feels his delivery much more consistently, which allows him to make some of those adjustments when needed inside of an inning. He’s on the right track.”
- Asked his impressions of third baseman Will Middlebrooks, Farrell replied, “Even with the year he had last year, someone who’s hungry for information, hungry to not only put together a full season because of the injury situation a year ago, but a guy who pays a lot of attention to the finer points of his position and recognizes where his shortcomings might be and where improvements can be had. So just the attention to detail in that area has been impressive.”
- Minor-league games begin Wednesday. Double-A and Triple-A will host the Twins at the Sox complex. Single-A teams will travel to Lee County Sports Complex to play the Twins affiliates. All Sox home games begin at 1:00 p.m.
- Right-hander Alfredo Aceves will pitch in a minor league game on Wednesday at the Sox complex.
- To avoid facing a division rival, the Rays on Saturday, right-hander John Lackey will instead start a minor league game that day against a Rays affiliate. The Sox are hosting the Rays Double-A and Triple-A affiliates that day.