Rockies pitcher Daniel Bard will miss the entire 2024 season due to undergoing surgery on his right elbow flexor tendon, as confirmed by manager Bud Black. The 38-year-old Bard, who started the season on the injured list for a knee procedure, experienced ongoing discomfort in his elbow since last season and despite efforts to allow it to heal, the pain resurfaced during extended spring training. Bard's remarkable comeback story in baseball has faced setbacks recently, with his performance declining after a successful return to the sport in 2020. Last season, Bard struggled with forearm issues and his velocity decreased, leading to his absence from several games.

By the Numbers
  • Daniel Bard, 38, will miss the 2024 MLB season due to right elbow flexor tendon surgery.
  • Bard underwent a knee cleanup procedure at the beginning of Spring Training but continued to experience discomfort in his right elbow/forearm area.
  • Bard signed a two-year, $19 million contract extension with the Rockies in 2022 but faced challenges with forearm issues throughout last season.
  • His remarkable comeback in 2020 led to him being named the National League Comeback Player of the Year and earning the Tony Conigliaro Award.
What's Next

Bard's absence creates an opportunity for other Rockies pitchers to step up and fill the void in the bullpen for the 2024 season. The team will need to reassess their pitching strategies and bullpen options moving forward without Bard's contribution.

Bottom Line

Daniel Bard's unfortunate season-ending injury marks a setback in his remarkable baseball journey, necessitating the Rockies to adapt their pitching lineup and strategies for the upcoming season without his presence in the bullpen.