Boston Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard may be a victim of poor judgment when Boston moved him from the bullpen to the starting rotation in 2012. This year in Spring Training, Bard has not been consistent. He has allowed three runs in two of his last outings, and has an ERA of 6.75 over an eight inning span.
If you are not performing in any job, you will likely lose it to someone that will have a better work output. In this case, Bard could be going to the minors to opens a spot for Clayton Mortensen, who has a better ERA at 5.79 ERA in 9.1 innings.
Boston looks to have 12 pitchers that will be on the Opening Day roster. One more spot needs to be filled, and it looks like Mortensen will beat out Bard. Daniel believes that he can be on the final Red Sox roster, however, as told Evan Drellich from The Republican:
“I think I’ve done what I’ve needed to as far as just to prove I’m over last year. My mechanics are pretty close to being locked in where I want to be. Give me a scouting report to throw off of. I think I’m going to be able to help this team.”
Bard once was supposed to fill the role of closer when Jonathan Papelbon left, but started to pitch poorly when he got moved around. Red Sox manager John Farrell has given the impression that Mortensen will get the final spot and Bard will be in the minors at the start of the season.
If this is the case, then Bard will be motivated to come back to the majors and try be lights-out in the minors to reclaim his spot on the Red Sox.