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Varitek throws his support to Bard

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 14, 2011 05:49 PM

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After fielding a bunch of questions about Daniel Bard, Jason Varitek decided the subject was closed.

的値l put this to rest with Daniel, the team captain said. 泥aniel痴 been the hugest part of this bullpen, he and Pap. He痴 had a tough little stretch for the last few outings. We need Daniel. Daniel痴 going to pitch well. Period.

So there you go.

Said manager Terry Francona: "Right now, the fastball command is certainly an issue and it痴 getting him in trouble. His fastball is kind of cutting on him a little bit. Probably when he痴 not trying to. We致e got to get him back to being the Bard we all have come to trust because he痴 such an important part of what we池e doing. ... That痴 something we池e going to have to figure out in a hurry.

As for Bard, he said it's a mechanical issue.

"I can feel it on every pitch," he said. "Feels a little different. I致e been through it before. I think the effects of it are just magnified by how big these games are. Sometimes you go out there and your mechanics are a little off and they swing at a couple of pitches and you池e able to get through it. Unfortunately they really haven稚 been doing it.

"You guys haven稚 seen me do it much up here because it hasn稚 happened much, but I致e had it happen before and I致e gotten through it. Like I said, it痴 been magnified by the hitters' approach to the location of the pitches. Something I致e fixed before and I値l fix it again. It値l take the next couple of days to put in the work and get timing in my delivery again."

Bard has allowed 3+ runs in three of his last 15 outings, a troubling sign. But unless he's hurt (and everybody says he's not), then he's going to figure it out.

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