(BOSTON) — The Daniel Bard era appears to be over in Boston as the Red Sox have designated the reliever for assignment.
At one time, Bard was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball, but injuries have derailed his career.
Bard appeared in just two games this season, and after posting an ERA of 9.00, the team sent him to the minors. It didn’t get better for him once he was sent down. He pitched just 6 1/3 innings, threw 10 wild pitches, and issued 23 walks.
With the recent additions of John McDonald and Quintin Berry, Bard’s place on the 40-man roster became expendable.
“He was one of hte most dominant relievers for three years that a lot of us have ever seen,” Red Sox starter Jon Lester said. “It’s there. Hopefully he can get back to that and believing in what he can do. Obviously, we’d love to see him, not only back here, but just getting back to being Daniel Bard.”
Bard’s best season came in 2010 when he posted a 1.93 ERA.
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Jill Martin, CNN