Bard simulates an inning, should pitch again in '12

Bard simulates an inning, should pitch again in '12

BOSTON -- Considering how Daniel Bard has allowed a run in each of his five outings since his return from the Minors, few eyebrows would be raised if the righty didn't pitch again in 2012.

However, neither Bard nor the Red Sox are thinking along those lines.

Prior to Tuesday's game against the Rays, Bard threw a simulated inning.

"Daniel threw an inning. Had a little blister, it looked like, when he came off. He needed [the work]," said manager Bobby Valentine. "He hasn't thrown in a little while."

Bard's last outing was Wednesday against the Rays, when he was touched up for one hit and three runs while walking three in just one-third of an inning.

Both the Red Sox and Bard would like for him to pitch again in a game so he can perhaps get a little better taste in his mouth going into the winter.

"I really would, yeah -- and I know he wants to pitch," said Valentine.