Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 3/9/13
As I wrote about last week, Daniel Bard has had a rough 12 months. Even the start to his 2013 has been a bumpy ride, with Bard being pulled from live games until he could show consistency in his mechanics. All of that changed on Thursday, when Bard was given the okay to pitch an inning versus the Twins. Pitching for only the second time this year, Bard was impressive on Thursday, hitting 97 mph on the radar gun and striking out the side in a 1-2-3 inning. Why was his stuff so different? Just ask Dan Butler, the catcher who caught Bard during the game. (The)ball was exploding out of his hand, it was ridiculous. Out of his hand it looked easy but it just jumped out of his hand. It stayed true, there was some late life to it, he was in the zone with every pitch.Bard's confidence seemed to come back as well, as he located pitches and established his fastball early in the inning. I saw when I was warming him up in the pen, This guy, he’s ready to rock right now. He looked confident ou...
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