Bard to throw about 20 pitches in simulated game

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox right-hander Daniel Bard will pitch in a game-like setting for the first time in a week on Monday, but it won't be a Grapefruit League contest.

Bard has been working on some mechanical issues in recent days, and manager John Farrell felt it would be best to ease him back in with a simulated game, which will take place in the morning, a couple of hours before the Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays.

"Some of the work he did in his side session the other day, we're going to have him throw against hitters to look to reproduce and repeat the delivery with the slight adjustment of his stride direction," said Farrell. "That's the setting tomorrow for him."

Why a simulated game instead of the game against the Rays?

"A more controlled setting and to continue to focus on the stride direction," Farrell said. "We'll probably look to get 20 pitches in the setting tomorrow."