FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According to a team source, Daniel Bard will make his next scheduled start (Sun.), and his role to start the season -- as either a starter or reliever -- has yet to be determined.
The information confirms Red Sox' manager Bobby Valentine's assertion following Bard's five-inning outing (3 runs, 3 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, 83 pitches) that the righty would be making what would be his sixth appearance of the spring. Thus far this spring (including his first appearance, in a 'B' game against Minnesota), Bard has allowed 11 runs over 13 2/3 innings, with seven of the runs coming in a March 15 outing against St. Louis.
Earlier Wednesday, a CSNNE.com report said one Red Sox staff member has told others outside the organization that, "when all is said and done," Bard would be back in the bullpen and Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront would take up the final two spots in the rotation.
Valentine expressed some concern over Bard's walk total, with the hurler having issued 10 free passes over his 12 2/3 innings in 'A' games.
"I don’t think that even with his good stuff I could handle the walks," said Valentine. "Now I don’t know if they’re spring and trying to impress. That’s why I looked for the changeup. If there’s a pitch that he wasn’t comfortable with and that was causing some of these negative counts, I would have been able to use that as an excuse. I don’t know. It’s hard. This isn’t an exact science and I don’t proclaim to have the exact answer or the right answer in this short sampling. It’s tough. We’ll figure it out."
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