Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/23/13
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As the Red Sox’ Opening Day roster begins to take shape, it’s appearing more and more that Daniel Bard may be the odd man out in the bullpen picture. In effect, the last spot in the Sox’ bullpen has come down to Bard and Clayton Mortensen. However, Bard has not pitched well in his last two spring outings, not only reigniting some concerns about his control, but the right-hander has showed decreased velocity as well. Sitting in the high-90s during his peak, Bard topped out at 95 miles per hour, hovering about 92-93 during his last outing on Friday, which has been typical for him this spring. As reported by ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes, scouts are concerned about Bard’s velocity and ability to repeat his delivery. Likewise, manager John Farrell has been noncommittal on Bard’s role with the Red Sox. Although Farrell seems to believe that Bard’s velocity is increasing, he also has not named Bard as a member of the team. “The best way I can answer that is we haven’t decided it,” said Farrell.
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