Bard throws side session, slated to pitch Monday

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daniel Bard hasn't pitched in a game since Monday, when he fired a scoreless inning against the Rays. The reason is that he's been focusing on side work.

The righty fired a side session on Saturday and is expected to pitch in Monday's game against the Rays.

"He's going through some work with [pitching coach] Juan [Nieves]," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "We're just trying to work out his lower half, more stride direction, so he had a work day [Friday], just throwing on a line where there's some lateral type drills where we're trying to get that stride direction consistent."

Bard is coming off a rough season when he struggled with a transition to the rotation and couldn't get in a groove when he moved back to his familiar relief role.

He is working exclusively as a reliever heading into this season.