Bastardo was suspended for 140 after testing positive for Stanozolol on Friday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports. The incident was Bastardo's second violation of the league's performance enhancing drug policy. The veteran lefty has been a free agent after failing to make the Diamondbacks this spring. He has a 4.01 ERA in 393 career major-league innings, a respectable enough number, though his ERA hasn't been below 4.50 since 2015. That combined with his suspension could make it tough for him to ever find another major-league job.
Bastardo was released by the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. The 32-year-old inked an NRI deal with Arizona back in January, but it seems like the team didn't have a spot for him in the big-league bullpen despite his 3.18 ERA and 9:1 K:BB in seven appearances this spring. Bastardo has a lengthy big-league track record, so he very well could land with another team, especially after the strong spring showing.
Bastardo signed a minor-league deal with the Diamondbacks that includes an invitation to spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. He will receive $1.5 million if he makes the big-league team with $4 million worth of incentives if he earns the closer role at some point, although that seems highly unlikely. If he is not on the 25-man roster by March 25, the Diamondbacks must either put him on the roster or release him, if he so chooses. The 32-year-old lefty missed time in 2017 with a quadriceps injury and was eventually released by the Pirates after being designated for assignment. He would likely work in a low-leverage role if he makes the big-league bullpen out of camp.
The Pirates released Bastardo after designating him for assignment Saturday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The left-hander has allowed 15 earned runs in nine innings and has experienced a precipitous dropoff from his past years of success. Given his career 3.75 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 10.8 K/9 through 393 big-league innings, Bastardo seems likely to get another chance with a team in need of bullpen depth.
Bastardo (quadriceps) was activated from the disabled list Tuesday. Bastardo is finally healthy enough to rejoin the Pirates' bullpen after nearly a two-month stay on the disabled list. He held a 16.20 ERA and 5:7 K:BB in 6.2 innings of relief before landing on the DL, so he'll likely start out working lower-leverage innings. Jacob Stallings was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
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