This season, there will likely be plenty of matchups where Jonathan Papelbon and Daniel Bard pitch back-to-back out of the Boston bullpen, but Red Sox fans got a early glimpse of that closing combination on Monday.
The duo got some extra work in on Monday afternoon, pitching in a minor league game at Boston's player development complex in Fort Myers. Bard and Papelbon were both away from the team — who was on the road playing against Philadelphia — so they could get more than some extra work in. It's actually the only time this spring that Papelbon is scheduled to get more than an inning of work.
Bard struck out one during the Class A game, throwing 16 strikes out of 26 pitches, reaching a high of 96 mph. Papelbon recorded the first four outs of the game, allowing one hit while walking two, MLB.com reports.
It was a busy day for the Red Sox bullpen on Monday, as both Bobby Jenks and Felix Doubront hung back to get some additional work in as well.
Check out Papelbon and Bard in action in the video above.