August 31, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Daniel Bard (51) pitches the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers release former Red Sox Daniel Bard

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The Texas Rangers have released Daniel Bard today.  He was with the Hickory Crawdads (Class – A South Atlantic League).  Bard was once a very good pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, but after being place in the rotation he career took a down turn.

Before the season began Daniel Bard had thoracic outlet surgery, which caused him to miss spring training and to get a late start in the minors.  Before the surgery things were looking up for Bard.  He was able to get his velocity back in the neighborhood of 94-97 MPH.

After 4 games this season with the Crawdads the Rangers saw all they needed to determine he wasn’t going to be able to make a comeback.  Over those 4 games he gave up 13 hits, 13 earned runs, walked 9 and only struck out 1.  To make things worse he hit 7 of the 18 batters he faced.

He struggled with command every outing and doesn’t appear to be any where ready for the majors.  Daniel Bard has potential, he pitched very well with the Red Sox.  In his best season he had a 1.93 in 2010 with the Red Sox over 73 games/74.2 innings.

The Rangers probably won’t be his last stop in the majors, he’ll probably continue to work hard to find his way back to a major league team.  Too bad he wasn’t able to do it as a Texas Ranger.

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