Bard was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday. Bard showcased himself well prior to the suspension of spring training with one run allowed over four innings, but he's set to join Salt Lake once play resumes. The right-hander made 32 major-league appearances in 2019 and had a 4.78 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 40:12 K:BB across 49 innings.
Bard has retired 23 straight batters and owns a 1.93 ERA over 14 innings in September. Bard compiled a 5.29 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 23 appearances prior to September but has been much more effective since returning to the big club on the first day of roster expansion, allowing only three earned runs in 14 frames while posting a 13:1 K:BB. His success down the stretch in an expanded role -- he leads all Angels relievers in innings during September -- could put the 28-year-old could in line for a prominent bullpen spot for the Halos next season.
Bard will serve as the opener Thursday at Oakland, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Bard has a 5.09 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 26:11 K:BB through 35.1 innings for the Angels, and it will his third time opening a game this season. Jose Suarez is scheduled to follow as the primary pitcher.
The Angels recalled Bard from Triple-A Salt Lake ahead of Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Red Sox. He covered 1.1 scoreless innings in relief, giving up one hit and striking out a batter. Bard had delivered a 5.29 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 23 appearances with the Angels prior to rejoining the big club Sunday as one of its seven September callups. Though he acquitted himself well in his first appearance back with the Angels, Bard isn't expected to seize a meaningful role in the bullpen down the stretch.
Bard was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake following Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rangers. Bard served as the 26th man for the twin bill and covered 2.1 scoreless frames during the nightcap. The 28-year-old has a 5.29 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 25:11 K:BB over 34 major-league innings this season.