Daniel Bard spoke with reporters in the dugout after batting practice. Here’s what he had to say:

“It’s good to be here, man. It’s been an interesting road. I think going to Portland for a little while was probably the best thing. It was a good group of guys, and I couldn’t ask for more out of the coaching staff, they were awesome. But it’s always nice to see this place.’’

[Satisfied with adjustments?]

“My delivery feels simple right now. It feels easy to repeat. Kip [Portland pitching coach Bob Kipper] was a great guy to work with. He kind of pounds things into your head, almost to where it gets annoying, but it’s good. I think everyone agrees who has played for him it sticks and he genuinely cares. I couldn’t ask for a better guy to work with.’’

[Are you here to stay]

“I wasn’t given anything besides told to be here for the game today. I’m just going to take it one day at a time, the same thing I’ve done this year up to this point, wherever that takes me.

“I’ve been watching the team from afar, a fun team to watch. Obviously I know all these guys pretty well, so it’s going to be fun to be a part of it.’’

[Shock to be sent to Portland]

“Not nearly as much of a shock as last year was, getting sent down. I think that hit me more like a ton of bricks when that happened. This year I knew I was battling for a spot from the first day of spring training. I’m realistic. I knew I had options, and there were other guys who didn’t. So if it came down to it, you don’t lose guys. I understand that side of the game.