Bard pitches one inning in GCL game

Daniel Bard pitched an inning for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday.

Bard came out of the bullpen to start the fourth inning and walked the first batter he faced before allowing a single.

With one out, an error loaded the bases. Bard then threw a pitch that got past catcher Alixon Suarez, but the runner was thrown trying to score. A strikeout ended the inning.

It was the first appearance for Bard since May 15 when he was with Double A Portland. The righthander has been battling control problems for the last 14 months but remains on the 40-man roster.

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Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday that it was unlikely Bard would return to the majors this season.

Alfredo Aceves, who is on the disabled list with Triple A Pawtucket, also pitched an inning in the GCL game. He walked a batter with one out before getting a double play.

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