Struggles continue for Daniel Bard at Portland

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Daniel Bard was part of the Red Sox’ starting rotation at this time a year ago. He was 3-4 with a 4.30 earned run average, showing just enough to continue getting chances.

Now the Red Sox are wrestling with whether it’s a good idea to have Bard continue pitching for Double A Portland given his mounting control problems.

Bard walked five of the nine batters he faced Wednesday night and threw two wild pitches. Only eight of his 30 pitches were strikes.

The Red Sox called Bard up April 24, saying at the time he had a chance to remain in their bullpen. He pitched in two games and was demoted back to Portland April 28.

The 27-year-old righthander has struggled mightily since.

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