By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET â€“ Hereâ€™s what Daniel Bard had to say following his one-inning outing for the Pawtucket Red Sox Friday night:
Bardâ€™s general reaction to the three runs he allowed on 25 pitches, 16 for strikes:
â€śThe best thing about throwing down here (in the minors) is that you can kind of throw out the results and not worry about wins and losses too much. Iâ€™m trying some tweaks mechanically and I think they were really good on some pitches and thatâ€™s what I was looking for, to get some feel.
â€śI didnâ€™t expect to be perfect on every pitch, but now we go from here.â€ť
Whether he came away encouraged or discouraged:
â€śItâ€™s hard to say. I donâ€™t want to dig too deep into it, but itâ€™s hard to take something away from one inning other than how you felt.â€ť
Thoughts on his velocity, which topped at 96 miles per hour and generally resided in the 93-94 mph range:
â€śI think what weâ€™re trying to do is get some of that power back and direction. They really go hand and hand â€¦ using my lower body and getting everything moving toward the target area. I think the command and velocity will come together.â€ť
On throwing just one inning:
â€śIt was a tough situation and such a weird outing. You prepare as a starter and know youâ€™re going one inning. You try and block that out and attack every hitter like itâ€™s your last, but itâ€™s little bit of a weird mentality.â€ť
On what lies ahead come his next outing on Monday night:
â€śI think I might go two innings. Iâ€™ve told (Red Sox officials) that I can do this out of the bullpen, but they want me to keep starting and keep that routine in place. Weâ€™ll talk more (on Saturday).
PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler on Bard:
â€śHe was one pitch away from getting out of the inning [Bard allowed a two-out, two-strike, two-run double to the Indiansâ€™ Jeff Larish]. Heâ€™ll be fine. He just needs to throw and get some confidence back.â€ť