Pitcher Daniel Bard arrived in Pawtucket today. He is scheduled to pitch Friday against the Indianapolis Indians.
He spoke about being sent down to Triple A following his poor outing on Sunday vs. the Blue Jays. Bard was 5-6 with a 5.24 ERA in 55 innings with the Red Sox.
“It’s not my decision. I’m just an employee here. Obviously, I’m not thrilled with it. If it was me making the decision it might have been different. But I tried to be respectful about it,” he said. “Once I get the anger and disappointment out of the way you just have to try to make the best out of the situation.”
Bard questioned how his conversion from reliever to starter was handled.
“I think we came into spring training and thought ‘Okay, how do we need to change everything I do to fit the starting role?’ I don’t think we needed to change as much as we thought we did. We tweaked a lot of things mechanically trying to simplify me … trying to get the best windup that I’m comfortable with. We probably did a little too much. You can’t think and pitch at the same time. I think that’s the key to it.”
He also said he was a different pitcher this season than last.
“No matter if I was in a bullpen session or in a game, it just wasn’t the same as it used to be. I think that translates mentally in that it’s hard to trust your stuff. When I was throwing 98 out of the bullpen and now my best fastball when I’m reaching back is 92 or 93, there’s something that comes with that,” he said.