The other players reassigned to minor-league camp were pitchers
"It felt really good — it was fun," Bard said. "The velocity was nice to have but I was more excited that I was pounding the zone and throwing a lot of strikes."
Bard appeared in four games with Class A Hickory as part of his rehab last year then took the rest of the summer off. He'll throw one more simulated game before the team decides whether to use him in a Cactus League game.
"I’ve been pushing [pitching coach Chris Bosio] as hard as I can to get out in a real game but their conservative approach seems to be working well," Bard said. "I get it. When I step outside myself, I see what they’re saying. For me, I haven’t felt this good in so long, I want to keep pushing it."
Bard has not pitched in the major leagues since 2013 because of performance issues. He recently told the Boston Globe he believes he's solved the issues that hampered his past performances.
Bard sat out the 2014 season after struggling with performance issues, but he told the Boston Globe last weekend that he believes he's solved his issues. He owns a career 3.67 ERA and 252:121 K:BB ratio in 257 1/3 major-league innings, all with the Red Sox.
After not playing in 2014 because of performance issues, former
"I feel now as good as I’ve felt since before 2012, maybe before 2011," Bard said. "I'm throwing as well as I have since then. I haven't seen a radar gun, so I don't know if I'm back to what I was, but just the way it's coming out of my hand, I’m really encouraged by what I feel."
Bard was a productive pitcher during the first three seasons of his career, but his career began to unravel in 2012 when he had control issues. Bard underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in January 2014 to correct a shoulder issue, which he said was the main reason causing his performance to drop.
"The good thing is my arm is fresh. I’m not coming off a 75-appearance season," he said. "I'm coming from very little stress on the shoulder, really. I should be fresh."
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