ARLINGTON, Texas – Daniel Bard has a new perspective after more than seven years away from the major leagues, and a win after one outing for the Colorado Rockies.
The hard-throwing Bard, whose control troubles ran him out of baseball, pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings in relief while twice getting out of jams as the Rockies beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Saturday.
“He said three words — that was fun," Colorado manager Bud Black said.
Bard's last big league appearance had been for Boston on April 27, 2013, 11 months after his last win.
“It's been a long wait. It feels good,” the 35-year-old Bard said. "Just trying to soak it in and enjoy every moment.
Bard took over for starter Jon Gray with two on and two outs in the fifth. The right-hander, with his fastball in the upper 90s mph, worked around two more runners in the sixth, getting Willie Calhoun on an inning-ending flyout to cap an 11-pitch at-bat.
Bard threw 20 of his 25 pitches for strikes.
“The stuff is there. ... What a great story," Black said.