The suspension definitely hurts the Phillies, but at least it happened in a season that is all but lost. Bastardo now joins J.C. Romero, Freddy Galvis and Carlos Ruiz on the list of Phillies who have been suspended for violating the MLB's Drug Program in their career.
The Phillies released the following statement concerning Bastardo's 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."
By: Kyle Babcock
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