Following his exile to Double A Portland at the end of spring training, reliever Daniel Bard made it back to Boston Wednesday. "It's good to be here," said Bard. "It's been an interesting road but I think going to Portland for a little while was probably the best thing. (Being sent to Portland) wasn't nearly as much a shock as last year was, getting sent down (after two months failing as a starter). I think that hit me more like a ton of bricks when it happened.