The Yankees have designated right-hander Luke Bard for task, as first indicated on the crew’s transaction log at MLB.com. Presumably, his 40-man spot will go to first baseman Ronald Guzman, who was within the clubhouse yesterday and is set to be selected to the big league roster to fill the spot of the injured Anthony Rizzo. Nonetheless, the Yankees have but to formally announce the transfer, so it stays to be seen whether or not there are further transactions on the horizon.
Bard, 31, was a waiver declare out of the Rays group a month in the past however has appeared in only one sport with the Yankees (throughout which he tossed a shutout inning). He’s spent the remainder of his stint with the group in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the place he’s yielded 4 earned runs on 9 hits and 4 walks with eight punchouts in eight innings of labor.
General, Bard carries a 1.80 ERA in 15 massive league frames and a 4.78 mark in 32 Triple-A innings. The 2022 season as marked Bard’s first sport motion since 2020, as he missed the complete 2021 marketing campaign whereas rehabbing from April hip surgical procedure — an damage that finally ended a four-year stint within the Angels group.
Bard has now appeared in components of 4 minor league seasons and between the Halos, Rays and Yankees, recording a 4.44 ERA in 81 innings. This yr’s 94.1 mph common on his fastball is correct in keeping with earlier seasons, as is his top-of-the-charts spin charge on the pitch; Bard led the Majors in four-seam spin in 2018-19 and is within the 99th percentile this season. That trait alone clearly isn’t going to result in prompt success, nevertheless it’s been interesting sufficient to maintain Bard on 40-man rosters for the majority of the previous a number of years.
At this level within the season, the Yankees gained’t have any selections with Bard apart from to put him on outright waivers or launch waivers. Both approach, he’ll be made out there to the 29 different golf equipment. He’s been outrighted as soon as prior to now, when he cleared waivers final October whereas nonetheless on the mend from that hip process. As such, even when he goes unclaimed on waivers, he’d have the flexibility to reject an outright task to Scranton in favor of free company.