Cubs claim Bard off waivers

Cubs claim Bard off waivers
September 4, 2013, 2:00 pm
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In a very quiet move over the weekend, the Red Sox designated Daniel Bard for assignment.

But on Wednesday, the Cubs claimed the once great set-up man off waivers in hopes to tap back into that skill he once showed.

Bard had been a disaster on the mound for the Red Sox ever since he was made into a starter. After a few failed stints in that role, he was moved back to a reliever's role, but could never regain the command or confidence he once had with the team.

Bard spent most of this season with the Portland SeaDogs, with short stints in the Gulf Coast League and with the Low-A Lowell Spinners.

In 15.1 total innings of minor league work, Bard gave up 14 hits, 13 runs (11 earned), 27   walks, and nine strikeouts. In two games with the Red Sox, Bard pitched 1.0 inning giving up 1 earned run, two walks, and a strikeout.

Epstein drafted Bard with the team's second selection of the 2006 draft, and the plan will be to see if a new team and an old face can salvage what's left of the 28-year old reliever.