The comeback trail has been some rough riding for Daniel Bard thus far.
The right-hander's struggles with his command were well-documented during his ill-fated transition to the starting rotation with Boston, but it seems even a move back to the bullpen hasn't been a cure-all for Bard's control problems. On Sunday Bard came oh so close to putting together a very solid outing out of the 'pen.
Then the wheels came off.
After pitching 1 2/3 inning and giving up nothing more than one hit, one out away from the end of his evening, Bard walked three consecutive batters and was pulled from the game. After initially struggling in 2012, the Red Sox bullpen has come around of late, posting a solid 1.18 WHIP on the season. While Bard certainly used to be a force coming out of the bullpen for the big club, without an immediate need in Boston, it will make it that much more difficult for Bard to get recalled.
Watch the video above to hear the Boston Globe's Michael Vega break it all down.