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Daniel Bard | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Jun 19 - 11:58 AM

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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."
Jun 3 - 8:15 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.
Feb 24 - 8:42 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.
Jan 31 - 5:58 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

The Twins are engaged in "the due-diligence phase on Daniel Bard," according to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500.

Minnesota, of course, employs Daniel's brother Luke in the farm system. Bard, who was designated for assignment by Boston on Sunday, has posted a 6.27 ERA over 60 1/3 big league innings the past two seasons, but chances are that some team will take a chance on a 28-year-old who logged a 2.88 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over 197 innings between 2009-2011.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 02:02:00 PM

Red Sox designated RHP Daniel Bard for assignment.

The move was made after he walked 10 batters over 2 1/3 innings during his recent rehab assignment. Bard at one time looked like the Red Sox' closer of the future, but he had a disastrous turn in the team's rotation in 2012 and has never been able to recover. However, there's probably a good chance someone will make a claim on him in hopes of harnessing his big arm.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 10:27:00 AM

Daniel Bard (abdomen) walked five of the six batters he faced Thursday in the Gulf Coast League.

Bard looked sharp while throwing a scoreless inning in his rehab debut in the GCL on Monday afternoon, but he's back to his old struggles. The right-hander threw two wild pitches and allowed three steals on Thursday. He is nowhere close to rejoining the Red Sox.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 03:22:00 PM

Daniel Bard (abdomen) threw a scoreless inning of relief on Monday afternoon in the Gulf Coast League.

Bard walked the first batter he faced in the fourth inning and then gave up a single, but he worked around that threat. The 28-year-old right-hander has been sidelined for three months with an abdominal strain. He's hoping to get promoted to the Red Sox in September.
Source: WEEI.com
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 01:38:00 PM

Daniel Bard (abdomen) is expected to begin pitching in minor league games by the end of this week.

Bard, who's been out since May with a severe abdominal strain, recently progressed to mound work at the Red Sox' spring training complex and is almost ready to test himself against live hitters. The right-hander is aiming to join the Boston bullpen at some point in September.
Source: WEEI.com
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 09:43:00 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Friday that Daniel Bard is fully recovered from his abdominal strain and could soon return to game action at Double-A Portland.

The 28-year-old right-hander has had another very disappointing season, registering a 6.39 ERA and horrendous 2.37 WHIP over 12 2/3 innings at Double-A. That includes a mind-boggling 6/17 K/BB ratio. He's a long way from contributing at the major league level.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 07:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Tomas Telis
1B1J.P. Arencibia
2Prince Fielder
2B1Rougned Odor
2Guilder Rodriguez
3Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Adam Rosales
3Luis Sardinas
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Kevin Kouzmanoff
LF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Jake Smolinski
3Jim Adduci
4Ryan Rua
CF1Leonys Martin
2Engel Beltre
RF1Alex Rios
2Daniel Robertson
3Michael Choice
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Colby Lewis
5Robbie Ross
6Nick Martinez
7Nick Tepesch
8Miles Mikolas
9Martin Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Neftali Feliz
2Shawn Tolleson
3Alexi Ogando
4Neal Cotts
5Tanner Scheppers
6Roman Mendez
7Scott Baker
8Phil Klein
9Alexander Claudio
10Jon Edwards
11Pedro Figueroa
12Michael Kirkman
13Lisalverto Bonilla