MILWAUKEE -- Writing in a text to WEEI.com, Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard passed along his first statement since the Phillies to terms with closer Jonathan Papelbon. Bard wrote: "I'm happy for Pap as he's worked extremely had for this and he and his family will be missed in Boston."
Bard, who is thought to be a candidate, opted for no further comment until a manager and pitching coach has been named by the Red Sox, citing the continued uncertainty revolving around his role.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said last week that Bard's role has yet to defined, with the possibility of becoming a starter still in play.
"Daniel would embrace more responsibility and is ready for more responsibility, we’re not ready to commit to any role for Daniel or any other member of the bullpen," Cherington stated.
Bard has said in the past that he would be looking forward to either starting or closing. Speaking to WEEI.com during last season's spring training the 26-year-old pitcher said, "I see myself as a pitcher." Regarding potentially starting, Bard continued, "I kind of would like to try it. It's something I would like to do. It would kind of challenge myself. You've never proven yourself, but I know I can do the reliever thing for myself, just as a personal challenge, [starting] would be cool."
seems kinda young to need a new challenge
seems 2 me that closing would be just as much as a challenge
Bard appeared in 70 games in 2011, totaling a 2-9 mark with a 3.33 ERA, converting one of seven save opportunities. Prior to a rough September (14 runs in 11 innings), the reliever was having perhaps his best season, carrying a 2.03 ERA while holding opponents to a .164 batting average.