Daniel Bard Says He’s Encouraged by First Major League Appearance Since June, First Relief Outing Since April

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Daniel Bard Says He's Encouraged by First Major League Appearance Since June, First Relief Outing Since AprilAfter three months away, Daniel Bard experienced his
first taste of major league action in quite some time Friday.

Bard entered in the sixth inning of Oakland's 20-2 rout of
Boston on Friday and pitched one inning. Although he surrendered a solo shot and fired one wild pitch, Bard said he enjoyed the adrenaline rush.

"It wasn't the eighth inning with a one-run lead,
but it's a lot bigger stage than what I've pitched on the last couple of
months," Bard said. "It was fun, I felt comfortable out there, I
wasn't quite as sharp as I'd like to be, but I haven't pitched in four days, but
it was good to be back out there."

Bard threw 18 pitches, 10 for strikes.
It was progress for Bard, who is 5-6 with a 5.30 ERA this season and was demoted to Pawtucket after losing his command in the starting rotation.

Now, he's getting used to life in the bullpen once
again.

"I feel like I worked really hard just to get back
here," Bard said. "Everything's not perfect. It's not where I wanted,
but I definitely made big steps in the right direction, so just try to continue
that for the next month. I know I have to prove some things to some people, and
I'm ready to do that."

Bard's fastball reached 93 mph against the
Athletics.

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