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Red Sox remove Daniel Bard from 40-man roster

Sep 1, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

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Daniel Bard’s hopes of rejoining the Red Sox sometime in September have just been tarnished.

According to beat writer Alex Speier of WEEI.com, the right-hander was designated for assignment on Sunday morning to clear a 40-man roster spot for new outfielder Quintin Berry. The Red Sox also added catcher Ryan Lavarnway, right-handed reliever Rubby De La Rosa and third baseman Brandon Snyder in a flurry of September moves.

Bard recently resumed pitching in minor league games after missing three months with a severe abdominal strain and the early returns have not been good. Bard walked five of the six batters he faced Thursday afternoon in a Gulf Coast League game and issued four more walks Saturday night in a one-inning appearance with the Low-A Lowell Spinners.

Bard posted a 2.62 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 in 147 2/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2010 and 2011, but he struggled mightily in 2012 and now the 28-year-old from North Carolina has fallen off the baseball grid.

  1. aceshigh11 - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    What a shame. He had so much potential.

  2. Jack Marshall - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Does anyone really think, pitching (or not pitching) as he has the past season and a half, that Bard had “hopes of rejoining the Red Sox sometime in September”? If he did harbor such irrational hopes, then he is not just suffering from the Steve Blass disease—he’s nuts.

    • dan1111 - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      Agreed. He has not been successful at any level since his 2012 collapse.

      Hopefully he can eventually return to form, but if and when he does, it’s going to take awhile to work back to the majors.

  3. jaysfan64 - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Maybe he caught it from Ricky Romero that afternoon last season at Rogers Centre..

  4. buffalo65 - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    How’d that becoming a starter thing work out?

  5. bosoxfan15 - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    It is fairly obvious that he isn’t in their future plans. Koji might not throw as fast, but he is the perfect example of a consistent delivery and control. Bard might need a sports psychologist to fix himself.

  6. rjostewart - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    The decision to let him start instead of close after Papelbon left was kind of huge. In addition to wrecking Bard’s career, it also caused them to make the Bailey and Hanrahan deals. Crazy to think how things may have turned out if that hadn’t happened.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      The theory that he was derailed by the decision to try him out as a starter is of dubious value. He faltered in the September prior to the spring in which he was tried out as a starter. I did notice that the Jays had success against him that month, and when I dug further, I noticed that the Jays were not the only team that had success against him that month. In other words, he became ineffective prior to the attempt to turn him into a starter. I have printed the stats from that month previously and have no desire to repeat the effort. If you want to check it out, the stats should be available on MLB.com.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      I just rechecked his performance in September 2011. He pitched in 11 games for a total of 11 innings. He did not give up any runs in 5 of those 11 games. In the other 6 games, he gave up 13 earned runs. His ERA for September 2011 was 10.64. Clearly, the beginning of the end for Bard as an effective big league pitcher occurred in September 2011. In other words, he was toast 2 years before he was removed from the 40 man roster.

  7. theskinsman - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I hope he can get healthy,and figure out wtf his control issue is. I don’t lay the majority of the blame on him wanting to start.He has a problem,physical or mental,who really knows?

  8. edelmanfanclub - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    This guy was just about ready to be anointed Papelbon’s successor. He could have done it too, but no he wanted to be a starter and the Red Sox overplayed themselves. His confidence was destroyed by mismanagement by Bobby V and the 2012 staff and he never recuperated. I wish him the best but he may be done. No one would have believed in 2011 that in 2013 Bard would be off the Red Sox 40 man roster. It’s crazy.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      The only thing wrong with your theory, is that he initially became ineffective in September of 2011 when he was still pitching in relief and his manager was Francona.

      • edelmanfanclub - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        Agreed. But boston’s entire staff that month had a putrid ERA. from the rotation to the back end of the pen. Papelbon blew it the last game, Bard held it for the 8th. I think he fell apart when Bobby V would leave him in too long. He could go 5 or 6 strong innings, and Bobby V would say hey let’s stick him out for one more inning then he’d implode and wouldn’t finish with a win. I’ll never forget his last start vs TOR he gave up 1 hit but allowed 5 ER, I think he had something like 2 HBP and 6 Walks!

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