Red Sox designate Daniel Bard for assignment, call up four

Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

The Red Sox have designated Daniel Bard for assignment, calling up Brandon Snyder, Ryan Lavarnway, Quintin Berry, and Rubby De La Rosa.

The Red Sox have designated reliever Daniel Bard for assignment, according to Alex Speier.

The writing for this one has been on the wall for so very, very long now. But that doesn't make it any less depressing. From one of the best up-and-coming relievers in the game, blowing opposing batters away with triple-digit fastballs, Daniel Bard has fallen all the way to minor league gas can.

While the Red Sox have tried to shut him down, get him healthy, and find some way--any way--back to the heights he once reached, it's only gotten worse for Bard. Not simply wild, Bard frankly finds the strike zone less often than even random chance would dictate, issuing a stunning 27 walks in 15 inning of work in the minors. He is a complete and utter train wreck.

Though there were signs of trouble for Bard in that awful month of September in 2011, his dramatic decline will be forever linked to the decision to try him in the rotation for the 2012 season. Whether that broke something in him, or just exposed what was already broken, in the end a promising reliever--one whose immaculate minor league innings segued perfectly into absolute major league filth--may have had his career vanish in a puff of smoke.

Whether anyone else will pick up Daniel Bard remains to be seen, of course. It's not like he's a valuable part of a major league team right now. But a team that's well out of the race could do a lot worse than to give Bard a roster spot and hope a change of scenery and some new eyes can somehow make the difference.

Speier also adds that the Red Sox have called up Ryan Lavrnway, Quintin Berry, Rubby De La Rosa, and Brandon Snyder as major league rosters expand.

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