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Daniel Bard’s next step is uncertain

Return to starting rotation not guaranteed after minor league stint

If you read between the lines, there is not a lot of support for keeping Daniel Bard in the starting rotation, but the Red Sox will dance with that notion for a while, if only to keep Bard in the right frame of mind as he tries to fix the mess his delivery is in.

The Red Sox always thought the transition from reliever to starter would have its bumps, and it certainly has. But they didn’t expect anything like the wildness Bard exhibited against Toronto Sunday, when he walked six and hit two in less than two innings and had the Blue Jays afraid to step to the plate, for fear they might get seriously hurt.

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