Red Sox manager John Farrell watched a throwing session by Daniel Bard recently and was very impressed with the mechanical and mental approach the righthander showed.
Bard, who had a terrible 2012 season in losing his control and velocity and spending time at Pawtucket, has changed some things.
“He looked very good,” said Farrell, who along with pitching coach Juan Nieves watched Bard throw in Mississippi. “His arm slot is back to a normal position. He shows the power he previously as a reliever. His mindset is more clear and his approach is more simplified.”
Farrell said also spent time with John Lackey and reported, “He’s in great shape.”
Farrell also indicated that to his knowledge, David Ortiz is on course to to participate fully in spring training. Ortiz missed most of the second half of last season with an Achilles’ injury.