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Daniel Bard | Relief Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4 / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Pirates released RHP Daniel Bard.
Bard grabbed some attention this spring, throwing in the mid-90s and re-discovering the strike zone. Unfortunately, his comeback bid seems to have taken a significant detour. The 30-year-old didn't wasn't able to make a minor-league apperance this year before being released. May 13 - 6:27 PM

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Facing his old team, Daniel Bard pitched a perfect ninth to finish off the Red Sox on Monday.

Bard is back throwing 93-95 mph and finding the strike zone this spring. It'd be tremendous to see him find his way back to the majors with the Pirates after all he's dealt with. He didn't even pitch in the minors last year, and in 2014, he gave up 13 runs in two-thirds of an inning for Single-A Hickory.
Mar 14 - 4:54 PM

Pirates signed RHP Daniel Bard to a minor league contract.

Bard is already at the Bucs' spring training complex in Bradenton, Florida and will try to breathe new life into his career with an organization that has excelled in recent years at revitalizing pitchers. The right-handed reliever has not thrown a ball in a major league game since 2013 and hasn't been effective since 2009-2011. But he is only 30 years old and Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage is one of the very best in the business. It's a nice fit for both parties.
Jan 11 - 9:56 AM

Daniel Bard (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session without issue on Sunday.

The 29-year-old hurler hasn't pitched in the big leagues since the 2013 season, and hasn't been effective at any level since 2011. He's battling his way back from thoracic outlet surgery and plans on challenging for a spot in the Cubs bullpen.
Source: MLB.com
Sun, Mar 1, 2015 11:09:00 PM

Cubs signed RHP Daniel Bard to a minor league contract.

It's been a rough few years for Bard, who allowed 13 earned runs in four appearances with the Rangers' Low-A affiliate last year before being released. The 29-year-old once had a bright future, though, and he'll have a chance to win a bullpen job with the Cubs in spring.
Sat, Jan 17, 2015 06:30:00 PM

Daniel Bard recently told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that he feels good and expects to sign with a team in the early part of this week.

Bard's career has veered dramatically off track since 2011 and he was a mess in the Rangers' minor league system last year before being released, but he's optimistic now that he's a year removed from thoracic outlet surgery. "I feel now as good as I’ve felt since before 2012, maybe before 2011," said Bard. "I’m throwing as well as I have since then. I haven’t seen a radar gun, so I don’t know if I’m back to what I was, but just the way it’s coming out of my hand, I’m really encouraged by what I feel." Bard, now 29, will almost certainly have to settle for a minor league deal.
Source: Boston Globe
Tue, Jan 13, 2015 02:05:00 PM

Rangers released RHP Daniel Bard.

Bard walked nine batters, hit seven, and surrendered 13 earned runs in four appearances -- encompassing just 2/3 innings -- at Low-A Hickory. The 28-year-old right-hander had a stellar 2.88 ERA and 9.7 K/9 in 197 innings between 2009-2011 with the Red Sox, but his career has completely fallen apart since.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 11:58:00 AM

Daniel Bard (thoracic outlet surgery) has been assigned to Low-A Hickory.

Bard has been rehabbing from January thoracic outlet surgery and is finally ready to test things out in real games. The Rangers have been encouraged with how he's looked in extended spring training. "His velocity has been 94-97 mph, and in his last outing in Arizona he showed improved consistency with his command," pitching coordinator Danny Clark said. "We're excited to see him under the lights. We should no more after he gets 2-3 outings under his belt."
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 08:15:00 PM

Daniel Bard (thoracic outlet surgery) has begun a light throwing program.

Bard underwent thoracic outlet surgery on January 2, so it's going to take him a while before he gets close to being game-ready. The Rangers inked the right-hander to a minor league deal last month in hopes that he'll figure out his control issues.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 08:42:00 PM

Rangers signed RHP Daniel Bard to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal was first reported by MLB Network's Peter Gammons, who also reported that Bard recently underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Bard was non-tendered by the Cubs last month after being claimed off waivers in September. The 28-year-old's control issues the last two years have been well documented, as he has a long way to go before he can be taken seriously as an impact arm again.
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 05:58:00 PM

Cubs non-tendered RHP Daniel Bard.

Bard had a miserable 2013 season and has been awful so far in the Puerto Rican Winter League. The 28-year-old right-hander will likely have to settle for a minor league contract on the open market this offseason.
Source: WEEI
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 03:13:00 PM

Daniel Bard has retired one of 13 batters faced over three outings with Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Yikes. Bard has actually yet to allow a hit, but he's given up seven earned runs on nine walks, three hit batters and four wild pitches. The Cubs claimed Bard off waivers in September hoping that he'd be able to overcome his wildness, but so far it obviously hasn't worked out. Between the majors and minors, Bard has issued 101 walks over 107 2/3 innings the last two seasons.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 11:59:00 AM

Daniel Bard will pitch with Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

The aim is for Bard to get some work in after he was limited to just 16 minor league appearances and two major league appearances this season. The Red Sox finally turned the page on the 28-year-old in September, but the Cubs are hoping to get his career back on track.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 03:30:00 PM

Daniel Bard is unlikely to see any game action with the Cubs over the final eight games of the regular season.

Bard was acquired off waivers by the Cubs on September 4. Cubs' manager Dale Sveum said Friday that he was still throwing side sessions and in the process of getting completely healthy, and that the organization would get a good look at him during spring training.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 08:33:00 AM

Cubs claimed RHP Daniel Bard off waivers from the Red Sox.

Bard, who was designated for assignment by Boston on Sunday, reunites with former boss Theo Epstein. The 28-year-old has been whipped to the tune of a 6.27 ERA over 60 1/3 big league innings the past two seasons, but he isn't too far removed from accruing a 2.88 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over 197 innings between 2009-2011. Bard is arbitration eligible this season and will probably be guaranteed around three times the major league minimum through that process. Epstein can simply non-tender Bard over the winter if this little buy-low experience doesn't work out.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 01:51:00 PM

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1B1John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
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3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
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CF1Andrew McCutchen
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6Wilfredo Boscan
7Ryan Vogelsong
8A.J. Schugel
9Rob Scahill
10Kyle Lobstein