Antonio Bastardo RP PIT May 16 '79

Antonio Bastardo has accepted a 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension from MLB.

Bastardo is one of the newest names connected to Biogenesis, as his name wasn't floated publicly in regard to the scandal until FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal passed along the news. The 27-year-old left-hander has a 2.32 ERA and 47/21 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings this season, but he won't pitch again until 2014. The 27-year-old will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT Mar 04 '79

Antonio Bastardo has a 2.35 ERA through 19 appearances despite a mediocre 1.43 WHIP.

Bastardo has also blown two saves. He's punching out 4.6 less hitters per nine innings then he did last year, when he had a poor 4.33 ERA, and he's allowing more hits and walks. If Bastardo doesn't become more stingy with base runners, his peripherals will begin to wreak havoc on his ERA.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT Oct 29 '78

Phillies avoided arbitration with LHP Antonio Bastardo by agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million contract.

It's the first year of arbitration eligibility for Bastardo, who could earn more through award bonuses. The left-hander has posted a nice 3.44 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 12.4 K/9 rate over the lat two years for the Phillies. He'll help set up for Jonathan Papelbon again in 2013.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT Apr 01 '78

Antonio Bastardo tossed a scoreless inning Wednesday in the Phillies' 7-6 defeat of the Rockies.

Bastardo hadn't pitched in six days due to a cut above his left eye, which he suffered in a weight room accident. The righty has a 2.42 ERA in 22 1/3 innings this year.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT Apr 01 '78

Antonio Bastardo returned to action on Wednesday June 20.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT Mar 27 '78

Antonio Bastardo is not expected to be available Saturday.

Bastardo is currently sidelined due to a cut above his left eye which was suffered as a result of a self-inflicted weight room injury. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said that Bastardo could miss multiple games due to swelling and possible infection.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT Jan 09 '78

Slowed by forearm tightness for much of the spring, Antonio Bastardo said he "finally had some life in his arm" against the Yankees on Friday.

Bastardo through a perfect 1 1/3 innings, sending down Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez in order. He'll pitch again on Saturday.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT Jan 06 '78

Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said Tuesday that he has some "mild concern" about Antonio Bastardo's lack of velocity this spring.

Bastardo hasn't shown any signs of improvement after taking a week off due to forearm tightness, something the Phillies said was caused by dehydration. "I'm not seeing velocity like I should be seeing," said Dubee. "But at the same time, I think we've got that disease going through our camp where we've got a lot of dead arms right now. That happens a lot." Bastardo topped out at 91 mph with his fastball during an appearance on Sunday after averaging 92.5 mph with his heater last season. The Phillies have maintained that there isn't any structural damage with his forearm, so the cause for the diminished velocity remains a mystery.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT Dec 31 '77

Antonio Bastardo said Thursday that his decreased velocity this spring is a result of tightness in his muscles.

The Phillies believe it's due to dehydration and have sent him for testing to determine ways to alleviate the issue. Bastardo hasn't pitched since Sunday and isn't scheduled to make his next appearance until Saturday. The 26-year-old left-hander emerged as a dominant set-up man last season, posting a 2.64 ERA and 70/26 K/BB ratio over 58 innings.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT Jul 13 '77

Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless 2/3 inning in the Phillies' NLDS Game 2 loss to the Cardinals.

Bastardo walked a batter, but he also recorded a strikeout. The 26-year-old struggled mightily in September after an impressive run during the summer. He's a bit of a wild card in this five-game divisional series.