The catcher missed the entire 2006 season – initially with a shoulder injury and then a back injury that claimed the rest of the season.
He continued his hot hitting from spring, launching a solo homer in his first at bat and going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in his first game in Triple-A Portland. He was, however, hitless in his last 16 at bats before being called up.
Bard was 8-for-28 with four RBIs through seven games with the Padres prior to the injury.
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