Cubs claim Daniel Bard off waivers

September 04, 2013 - 10:14 am

Pitcher Daniel Bard, designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Sunday, was claimed by the Cubs on Wednesday. The move reunites Bard with Theo Epstein, who was the GM when the Sox selected the right-hander in the first round of the 2006 draft out of the University of North Carolina, and Jason McLeod, who was the Red Sox director of amateur scouting when the team took Bard out of UNC. Bard, 28, has struggled since the Sox attempted to convert him to a starter at the start of the 2012 season. He returned to a relief role in the minors the past two seasons but struggled with his command. Bard made two appearances with the Sox this season, allowing a hit, two walks and a run in one inning of work. In 211 major league appearances, all with the Red Sox, Bard is 10-19 with five saves, a 3.67 ERA and a 1.220 WHIP.