According to Peter Gammons, the Pittsburgh Pirates have released pitcher Daniel Bard. He was a long-shot to help out the team at any point based on control issues and injuries that have derailed his career since 2013. He was once a top reliever in baseball, but a move to the rotation in 2012 by the Red Sox ended up poorly and he hasn’t pitched well at any level since. Bard was signed in January and has been working out in Extended Spring Training, not having much success during the times we saw him. He pitched four Spring Training games for the Pirates and allowed three runs over 1.2 innings.
Pirates released Daniel Bard today. Even if this is it for pitching, he will be a success in whatever else he does.
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) May 13, 2016