Throughout Major League Baseball's investigation into Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs, there were more than a handful of names clearly out there for the public to see: Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz.
But, all along, there was also a list of mystery names, players who's identities wouldn't be revealed until the investigation was finalized and the penalties were levied. One of the Phillies few veteran relievers is one of those players.
Antonio Bastardo has agreed to serve a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, which was first reported by Fox Sports.
The Phillies sent out the following statement from team president David Montgomery after MLB officially announced Antonio Bastardo's 50-game suspension:
"Obviously, the Phillies are very disappointed to learn of Antonio Bastardo's violation of Major League Baseball's Drug Program. We strongly believe in the Program and look forward to a time when performance enhancing drugs are completely out of baseball. Hopefully the sanctions announced today will bring us closer to that day. We respect the fact that Antonio has acknowledged his serious mistake and accepted his 50-game suspension."
The 27-year-old Bastardo is 3-2 with a 2.32 ERA in 48 games with the Phillies in 2013, his fifth major league season. Bastardo, a first-year arbitration eligible player this past winter, was set to earn $1.4 million this season.
That number will now be prorated to discount the 50 games he is set to serve during his suspension.
More news when it becomes available...