Thursday May 16, 2013 | 06:22 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Daniel Bard shagged balls during the Portland Sea Dogs batting practice. He talked to teammates. He did not look like a pitcher struggling to find his way.

“I’m not letting this beat me up too much,” Bard said before the Sea Dogs games Thursday night .

Bard is trying to re-claim his role in the Boston bullpen, but his efforts with the Sea Dogs have been discouraging. Those struggles may have peaked Wednesday night here. He faced eight batters, walking five and allowing a single. He threw 30 pitches, but only eight strikes.

“It hasn’t looked good. I’m not immune to that,” Bard said. “But it’s a process.

“The last week’s been tough, but the early work (before the game) has been good. I need to figure out what I need to do to carry that work into the game.

“I’m confident it will happen. It’s just a matter of time. I’m healthy. Everything feels good. It’s a matter of when, not if.”

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