The Chicago Cubs claimed right-hander Daniel Bard off waivers from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.
The Red Sox had designated Bard for assignment on Monday. He pitched two games for Boston in April and then was sent to the minor leagues.
The 28-year-old Bard has struggled since he showed great promise as a setup man for the Red Sox. In the minors this year, he worked in 16 games and gave up 11 earned runs, 14 hits, 27 walks and 11 wild pitches in 15 1/3 innings.
A first-round draft pick in 2006, Bard set Red Sox records for holds with 32 and 34 in 2010 and 2011 as a setup man in the bullpen. He became a starter in 2012 but was 4-6 with a 5.30 ERA in 10 outings. He has a 10-19 overall record with five saves and a 3.67 ERA in 211 major league appearances.
To clear space on the roster for Bard, the Cubs designated outfielder Cole Gillespie for assignment. Gillespie batted .203 in 28 games with the San Francisco Giants and the Cubs this season.