SEATTLE -- Though he now has the comfort in knowing he will return to the Red Sox as a relief pitcher, Daniel Bard continues to struggle for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Pitching against Charlotte on Friday night, Bard lasted just one-third of an inning, giving up a hit and two runs. His command continued to be a big problem, as he walked three and hit a batter.
Bard has a 7.15 ERA in nine outings for Pawtucket. He was optioned by the Red Sox on June 5.
Red Sox outfielder Scott Podsednik, who is on the disabled list with a left groin strain, started his rehab for the PawSox on Friday, going 0-for-3 as the designated hitter.