Daniel Bard's transition to the starting rotation is one of the more intriguing storylines heading into this season for the Red Sox.
All 192 of Bard's big league appearances have come out of the bullpen, and he's been a very reliable reliever since arriving in the majors despite some struggles down the stretch last season. Shifting him to the rotation is not only a gamble considering we don't know what to expect, but also because it takes away from the back end of the pen.
Bard is ready to make the change, though, already working hard to stretch himself out and improve his secondary pitches, which he'll need more than ever in 2012. The 26-year-old knows nothing is going to be handed to him, and he's out to prove that he's capable of being a valuable component of the starting rotation.
To hear more from Bard about the upcoming season, as well as last season's late-season struggles, check out the video above.