Right-hander Daniel Bard, once considered an elite set-up reliever with Boston before flaming out as a starting pitcher, is close to signing a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers.
The deal was near completion Friday as the Michael Young news conference came to an end. Bard potentially could give the Rangers another late-inning bullpen option, but he won’t be ready until April or May after having surgery Jan. 2 for thoracic outlet syndrome.
The condition affected his ability to command his pitches as he worked last season and over the winter.
Ortiz out 3 months
Joseph Ortiz, who made the 2013 Opening Day roster as the second left-hander in the bullpen, will be out at least three months after having surgery Friday to repair a broken left foot.
Ortiz suffered the injury earlier in the week when his foot was run over by a motorcycle in Venezuela. He was a candidate for the bullpen to open 2014 if Robbie Ross were to make the starting rotation.
Right-hander Chaz Roe, who was designated for assignment Wednesday after Pedro Figueroa was claimed from Tampa Bay, has a decision to make.
He cleared waivers Friday, but because he has previously been designated for assignment, he has eight days to declare for free agency or come to spring training with the Rangers on a nonroster deal.