Found March 05, 2013 on Ted's Army:
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Daniel Bard took a step back to take what he is hoping will result in some significant steps forward. The reliever participated in a simulated game Monday in order to work on what Red Sox manager John Farrell classified as “stride direction,” throwing 20 pitches. Judging by Bard’s reaction to reporters after the exercise, it was the proper approach to take. “It felt like I was on top of the ball, powering it down, the changeup was good. Stayed away from the breaking ball to focus on those two, the fastball in particular,” Bard told a media gathering at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. He added, “I think it’s just one of those things that created a bad habit last year, trying to create velocity in the wrong places, trying to reach out, trying to over-rotate. Today it felt like me, felt like the old me. Felt like there was power behind the ball, four-seamer’s pretty true. Plus some downhill plane, and that’s what we’re looking for.” WEEI: Bard: "Monday felt like the old me" The Daniel Bard Rehab Project appears to be taking a turn for the better, a step in the right direction, or whatever other optimistic cliche you would prefer. John Farrell and the rest of the Sox staff are taking a cautious approach to try and bring Bard back to form, which is A-OK. There is no real need to rush him as the bullpen is pretty crowded as-is. But when he returns, that's when things will get interesting. Usually the Sox are always looking to grab another arm for the bullpen around the trade deadline but if Bard rejoins the Majors around early-June and comes in as a solid 7th inning guy or back to his old role as set-up man, someone becomes expendable. Trade a reliever for a prospect or maybe another bat to make a push for the playoffs.  OK, I'll spare you the optimism now. We're a long way from any of that happening. It's day by day right now and Monday he'll felt good. Let's just hope that he stays that way today. Rest of The Links: Globe: Bard throwing himself in this | Herald:  Delayed debut hurts Doubront | Wil Myers coveted in Boston | Poking & prodding of Bard continues | CSNNE: Doubront happy with first start | Sox LHP Britton arrested for DUI over weekend | Iglesias confident at plate | WEEI: Ellsbury most important player |  

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