9/4 Cubs claim Bard
The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Daniel Bard off waivers on Wednesday. He will join the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field and workout with pitching coach Chris Bosio.
Bard was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Monday. Once considered one of the best set-up pitchers in baseball, he has struggled with his consistency this season. Bard pitched in two games with the Red Sox this season before he was sent to the Minor Leagues. He totaled 6 1/3 innings and threw 10 wild pitches with 23 walks at three Minor League levels in Boston’s organization.
Bard made his Major League debut in May 2009, and was an effective set-up pitcher for then closer Jonathan Papelbon. He set Red Sox records in 2010 and ’11 for holds with 32 and 34, respectively. The Red Sox tried to convert him to a starter prior to the 2012 season but he was 4-6 with a 5.30 ERA in 10 starts.
To make room for Bard, outfielder Cole Gillespie was designated for assignment.