However, neither Bard nor the Red Sox are thinking along those lines.
Prior to Tuesday's game against the Rays, Bard threw a simulated inning.
"Daniel threw an inning. Had a little blister, it looked like, when he came off. He needed [the work]," said manager Bobby Valentine. "He hasn't thrown in a little while."
Bard's last outing was Wednesday against the Rays, when he was touched up for one hit and three runs while walking three in just one-third of an inning.
Both the Red Sox and Bard would like for him to pitch again in a game so he can perhaps get a little better taste in his mouth going into the winter.
"I really would, yeah -- and I know he wants to pitch," said Valentine.