FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard, watching the video afterward only confirmed what he already knew after one of his high-velocity fastballs caught Corey Patterson of the Blue Jays in the back of the helmet Friday night, dropping him to the dirt.
"You could see by my reaction,'' Bard said, "that it scared me as much as anybody.''
Bard hit Patterson with the second pitch he threw after entering the game in the eighth inning. He said he was trying to throw a fastball down and in, just as he had on his first pitch to Patterson, which also came up and in. The second, however, left no escape route for Patterson, who was down for several anxious moments before walking off the field with some assistance from manager John Farrell and a trainer.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after the game that the plan was to run some tests on Patterson, including a scan, presumably a CT scan. Bard said that when he came back into the clubhouse after the inning, he asked Sox trainers to call the Jays clubhouse to check on the Blue Jays outfielder, and wound up speaking with him.
"It was a quick conversation,'' Bard said. "It was more the concept. I just wanted him to know I didn't do it and not think twice about it. I feel real terrible doing that.
"It was weird. I was trying to go down and in and just yanked it. I just came out of my delivery a little bit. I'm just glad he's going to be OK.''
Pitching coach Curt Young came to the mound to speak with Bard while Patterson was being checked by trainers.
"He just saw the lull,'' Bard said. "He just wanted to make sure I wasn't thinking about too much, I guess.''
How do you not think too much?
"You want to make sure the guy is OK,'' Bard said, "but at the same time it's baseball. Spring training, your command isn't always where it is during the season. Stuff like that can happen, unfortunately.'
"Both of us are trying to get ready for the season. The last thing I want to do is delay a guy's season and have him start the year on the DL ... Hoepfully, he'll be fine in a couple of days.''
Bard said he beaned a player in the ear in lower Class A ball (Greenville) in 2007, sending him to the hospital. That player eventually required plastic surgery to replace part of the ear that had to be removed. "He wound up being all right,'' Bard said.
Patterson is the brother of Eric Patterson, who played for the Red Sox last season.