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Antonio Bastardo | Relief Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 198
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Phillies and LHP Antonio Bastardo avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Bastardo requested $2.5 million and was offered $1.675 million from the Phillies when arbitration figures were exchanged last week. The two sides found a middle ground on Tuesday evening. Bastardo will be back in a setup role for Philadelphia this season after sitting out the final 50 games of the 2013 campaign on a PED suspension. Jan 21 - 5:14 PM

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Antonio Bastardo requested $2.5 million and was offered $1.675 million from the Phillies when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 28-year-old southpaw missed the final 50 games of the 2013 season due to a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. It's not fully clear what his role will be upon his return to the team, but there's a chance he could return to being second in line for saves behind closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Jan 17 - 9:03 PM

Phillies activated LHP Antonio Bastardo from the restricted list.

Bastardo's PED suspension is up, but he's not with the team. It's a procedural move made simply in order to put him back on the 40-man roster.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 11:48:00 AM

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

Bastardo is one of the newest players connected to Biogenesis, as his name wasn't floated publicly in regard to the scandal until FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal passed along news of his suspension on Monday. The 27-year-old left-hander had a 2.32 ERA and 47/21 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings this season for Philly. He will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 12:59:00 PM

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 stingier with base runners, his peripherals will begin to wreak havoc on his ERA.
Fri, May 24, 2013 02:06:00 AM

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.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 12:18:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 08:42:00 AM

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.
Sat, Jun 16, 2012 12:02:00 PM

Antonio 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.

Seriously. The injury occurred after Bastardo gave up a run to the Twins on Wednesday and decided to take his frustrations out on a squat machine. He required stitches to repair a large cut above the eye, which was nearly swollen shut after Friday's game. He could miss multiple days.
Fri, Jun 15, 2012 11:15:00 PM

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.
Fri, Mar 30, 2012 08:31:00 PM

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.
Wed, Mar 28, 2012 10:03:00 AM

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.
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 09:48:00 AM

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.
Mon, Oct 3, 2011 12:32:00 PM

Antonino Bastardo's struggles continued on Sunday, as he recorded only one out while surrendering three runs on three hits and two walks.

Bastardo took the mound with a 9-0 lead in the seventh inning -- a spot normally reserved for low-end middle relievers -- to try to regain his groove against the bottom half of the Mets' batting order. After striking out the leadoff hitter, he came completely undone, and finally was pulled after throwing a wild pitch and walking Jose Reyes. Bastardo's ERA has nearly doubled this month, having yielded nine earned runs in his last 3 2/3 innings.
Mon, Sep 26, 2011 05:44:00 AM

Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said Friday that Antonio Bastardo has been tipping his pitches recently.

Bastardo was untouchable for most of the season, but has allowed six runs on six hits and five walks over six innings this month. Dubee said it was an "easy fix," so we'll have to see if the changes will lead to better results.
Fri, Sep 23, 2011 05:42:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Cody Asche
2Reid Brignac
LF1Domonic Brown
2John Mayberry
CF1Ben Revere
RF1Marlon Byrd
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2A.J. Burnett
3Kyle Kendrick
4David Buchanan
5Jerome Williams
6Cliff Lee
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Mike Adams
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ken Giles
6Mario Hollands
7Justin De Fratus
8Cesar Jimenez