Sunday April 28, 2013 | 06:33 PM

BOSTON — When the Boston Red Sox summoned reliever Daniel Bard from the Portland Sea Dogs last week, Portland kept the vacancy on its roster.

It appears Bard was destined to return, and he is. The Red Sox announced Sunday that they are sending Bard back to the Sea Dogs. The move will presumably make room for the return of reliever Joel Hanrahan from the disabled list.

Hanrahan is coming back from a sore hamstring. He made a rehab appearance in Pawtucket on Sunday, pitching a scoreless inning, allowing a walk.

Bard made two appearances after he was called up. He pitched a scoreless inning last Thursday, giving up a hit. But on Saturday, Bard walked the only two batters he faced.

Bard is expected to join the Sea Dogs on their road trip, which continues in Reading, Pa. Monday. The team returns to Portland Friday for a six-day home stand.

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