A few days ago, after the Red Sox recalled Daniel Bard from Double-A Portland, manager John Farrell said the embattled right-hander would have a chance to "be a regular in our bullpen," even after several injured relievers return from the disabled list.

But after Saturday night's eighth inning, Bard may already have punched his ticket to the minors.

With the Red Sox leading the lowly Astros by five runs, Bard threw nine pitches, eight of which were balls. And after Bard walked both Carlos Pena and Carlos Corporan, Farrell had seen enough, yanking him from the game even though the lead wasn't in imminent danger. Bard was replaced by Alex Wilson, with whom he seemingly is jockeying for a seat in the bullpen after Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) and Craig Breslow (shoulder) return, and Wilson allowed an RBI single to Matt Dominguez before retiring three of the next four batters.

After the game, Bard said he already had identified the problem.

"My (arm) slot got a little high," Bard said after the Red Sox improved their best-in-the-majors record to 17-7. "I was locked in in the bullpen. I was throwing it as good as I can throw the ball, and then I got into the game and it probably creeped up a little high, which is usually not what I want to be doing. Just a matter of adjusting it back to a lower slot. It's nice when you're able to recognize it right away, get to work and fix it for the next time."