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Luke Bard returns to the Twins

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Rule 5 limbo continues for the Twins.

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After being designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels earlier, righthanded reliever Luke Bard cleared waivers and has officially returned to the Minnesota Twins organization.

A Rule 5 draft pick this offseason, Bard had to spend the entire 2018 season on the Angels active roster. However, the Angels have intentions on making the playoffs and carrying a youngish reliever that could only pitch in low-leverage roles made little sense for the Halos.

Surprisingly left off the Twins’ 40-man roster this winter, Bard appeared in 8 games and pitched 11 23 innings. Despite possessing an elite spin rate on his fastball that made the pitch especially difficult to hit, he allowed 4 home runs and a 5.40 ERA. However, he also struck out 24.5% of the batters he faced, showing some of the upside that caused the Angels to acquire him.

Bard is not required to be on the 40-man roster for the Twins at the moment, though it’ll be interesting to see if the team chooses to call him up later this season.