Philadelphia Phillies RP Antonio Bastardo's Suspension For PEDs Comes as a Surprise

By Dan Parzych
Antonio Bastardo
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There was plenty of anticipation for the baseball world on Monday as the MLB was expected to hand out numerous suspensions to players linked to the Biogenesis scandal. While there were numerous key players who accepted their 50-game suspensions such as Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta, there was one big surprise player on the list from the City of Brotherly Love–Antonio Bastardo.

The Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher was slapped with a 50-game suspension on Monday along with 11 other players in connection to the Biogenesis scandal. Over the last couple of weeks, there’s been a general idea of the key players who would most likely be suspended, but to see Bastardo’s name on the list came as quite a shock considering this was the first time he was mentioned in the scandal.

Then again, when looking at the way things have gone in Philadelphia this season–this is just the icing on the cake for the Phillies.

Philadelphia has turned into one of the biggest surprise disappointments of the 2013 season as they’ve lost 13 of their last 14 games and things certainly won’t get any easier now that Bastardo has been suspended for 50 games. He may be known for his inconsistency, but this move certainly hurts the Phillies considering Bastardo was having one of his better seasons with a 2.32 ERA.

Just when you think the Phillies couldn’t suffer anymore, Bastardo shocks the baseball world with this suspension and it’s safe to say the bullpen may struggle even more now–which nobody thought was possible.

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