Bard said he doesn’t know what his velocity has been. But he can gauge its effectiveness by the reaction from the hitters.
“I’ve been getting a lot of defensive swings on my fastball, righties and lefties. A lot of broken bats mixed in. That always tells you you’re doing something right, that the fastball has a little life to it,” Bard said.
Steven Wright threw 82 pitches over 3⅔ innings Wednesday and wasn’t going to be available for at least four days. When he was optioned after the game, Bard was recalled.
Is Bard with the Sox temporarily or can he reclaim his spot on the team?
“He’s here to do just that, to perform and be a regular in our bullpen,” Farrell said.
Bard, Farrell said, will be used in early inning situations.
Victorino comes out
Right fielder Shane Victorino left the game after the sixth inning with a sore lower back, the same injury that caused him to miss two games over the weekend.
Victorino barely jogged to first when he grounded out in the sixth. He was working with physical therapist Dan Dyrek on his back before the game and was 1 for 3 with an RBI double before aggravating the injury.
Farrell said Victorino’s back tightened up but did not seem as bad as it was previously. He will be evaluated Thursday.
Joel Hanrahan threw in the bullpen before the game and is set to start a minor league rehabilitation assignment with Triple A Pawtucket Friday. The righthander is on the disabled list because of a hamstring strain . . . Lefthander Craig Breslow is scheduled to pitch for the PawSox Saturday and Sunday. He has been out all season with shoulder soreness. Breslow faced four hitters in Portland Tuesday and didn’t record an out. Breslow, Farrell said, didn’t have a feel for his breaking ball. He’s also building arm strength after missing all of spring training . . . Lefthander Franklin Morales was at Fenway for the first time this year. The lower back injury that landed him on the disabled list has healed but now Morales has a sore left pectoral, the product of his rehab start for Single A Greenville April 17. Morales is at least a few days from getting back on the mound and his next minor league game has not been scheduled.
Security officials at Fenway Park are closely examining all bags and checking fans with hand-held metal detectors in the wake of the Marathon bombings. Give yourself some extra time if you’re coming to a game . . . David Ortiz has an unusual 16-game hitting streak, his longest as a member of the Red Sox. It started in July, included one game in August, and now four games in April. He is 8 of 16 since coming off the disabled list . . . Another set of police officers from Watertown were introduced after the fourth inning and got a big ovation from the crowd . . . Special assistant to the general manager Jason Varitek is spending time with Single A Salem this week. The primary catcher there, Blake Swihart, is one of the organization’s best prospects . . . It was 64 degrees and sunny at first pitch. That was a big change from Tuesday night, when it was 42 and raining. The Sox offered free tickets to those fans who attended (or skipped) Tuesday’s sodden affair. The team said 1,399 took the offer Wednesday. The offer was also good for Thursday.
Peter Abraham can be reached at email@example.com. Julian Benbow of the Globe staff contributed to this report.