08:26 AM ET 03.21 | The Daniel Bard Experiment continues. A few days ago, Bobby Valentine approached [Bard] with a simple and direct question: "Are you still committed to starting?" "Oh yeah," Bard replied. "Until you tell me something different, I'm a starter in my own mind." For now, the Red Sox manager isn't ready to say much of anything. Bard remains the frontrunner to be the team's No. 4 starter, but asked yesterday if he is ready to put the right-hander in the rotation, Valentine said, "I'm not there yet." Physically, Bard said he felt fine after throwing 83 pitches in five innings, both spring highs, in [Tuesday] night's 9-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.