The hits keep on coming for Daniel Bard.
Today, the Texas Rangers released the former Red Sox hurler after he could not overcome the control problems that have plagued his career since being converted to a starter in Boston in 2012.
The 28-year-old Bard — once considered the heir apparent to former Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon — was playing for Hickory of the low Class A South Atlantic League when he was released.
Bard retired only two of the 18 hitters he faced, hitting seven batters in the process while walking seven.
From 2009-11, Bard had 213 strikeouts in 197 innings with a 2.88 ERA and 1.06 WHIP as the Red Sox setup man. When he was moved into the rotation in 2012 — a move that then-manager Bobby Valentine wasn’t in favor of — Bard struggled right out of the gate and walked 43 while striking out 38 in 59 1/3 innings. While Bard tried to rebuild his career in the minors, the control problems followed him as he walked 56 batters, hit another 10, and threw 20 wild pitches in 47 1/3 innings from 2013-14.
The Cubs picked Bard up on waivers in Sept. 2013, then he signed with the Rangers as a free agent in February 2014.
Injuries also plagued Bard in recent years. He was sidelined by an abdominal strain for much of last season, and he also underwent surgery in January for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome that affected a nerve in his shoulder.
Should the Red Sox try to bring him back one more time?