Jarrod Saltalamacchia Emerging After Tough Spring, Daniel Bard’s Control Could Hinder Chances at Starting Rotation (Podcast)

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia Emerging After Tough Spring, Daniel Bard's Control Could Hinder Chances at Starting Rotation (Podcast)The Red Sox are now but a couple weeks away from their April 5 opener in Detroit.

Bobby Valentine has already begun trimming down the roster and is even making some pretty bold declarations about some of the players still left battling for spots on the roster.

Daniel Bard‘s expected spot in the starting rotation has been generating the most news for the Sox of late, as the former set-up man has shown some command issues at times this Spring. Valentine made note of Bard’s unusually high number of walks and expressed his concern about the powerful righty’s chances at cracking the rotation come Opening Day.

As for the position players, Jarrod Saltalamacchia has had a tough start to the Spring, suffering from hip bursitis, but has finally started settling into his role both behind the plate and within the offense. Salty broke out in a big way during Wednesday’s game against the Pirates and could be showing off the bat that once made him a heavily sought after prospect.

NESN.com’s Luke Hughes caught up with Red Sox beat writer Didier Morais on Wednesday to chat about Bard’s performance so far this Spring, Salty’s recent resurgence and much more heading closer to Opening Day.

Listen to the entire interview in the podcast below.

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