Earlier today, the Yankees claimed RHP Luke Bard off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Bard, 31, went 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA (14.0IP, 7H, 3ER, 7BB, 8K, 0HR) in eight relief appearances for the Rays this season. The right-handed pitcher also made 19 appearances (one start) for Triple-A Durham this season, posting a 4.88 ERA (24.0IP, 18H, 13ER, 5BB, 27K, 7HR) without recording a decision. He was designated for assignment on August 1.
Over parts of four Major League seasons with the Los Angeles Angels (2018-20) and Tampa Bay Rays (2022), he has gone 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA (80.0IP, 65H, 41R/40ER, 25BB, 68K, 14HR) in 54 games (three starts). The Charlotte, N.C., native was originally selected by the Minnesota Twins in the first round (42nd overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Georgia Tech. He was selected by the Angels in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft on December 14, 2017 and returned to the Twins on April 27, 2018.