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 was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Saturday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Bastardo was recently reinstated from the DL with a quad strain, but allowed two earned runs in one inning against the Cubs on Friday. The left-hander has been having the worst season of his career, giving up 15 earned runs over nine innings. He was a solid option out of the bullpen two years ago, and could latch on with a contender if anyone if willing to take a chance on the 31-year-old. In a corresponding move, Phil Gosselin was recalled prior to Saturday's game.
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.
Bastardo (quadriceps) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Bastardo has apparently progressed through his throwing program without any issues, so he'll head to Indianapolis. The Pirates haven't specified a length for Bastardo's rehab assignment, though they'll likely give the 31-year-old ample time to find his form given the 16.20 ERA and 3.30 WHIP he compiled with the big club across 6.2 innings before hitting the DL.
Bastardo was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a left quad strain, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Bastardo was off to a brutal start to the season, allowing an earned run in each of his first six appearances (6.2 innings) to bring his ERA up to 16.20 for the season. Johnny Barbato was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Bastardo on the roster in a corresponding move, and will likely head to the bullpen in his place. A firmer timetable for his return should be available in the coming days. Given his early struggles, it remains unclear if Bastardo will resume his place in the bullpen upon activation.
Bastardo gave up one run on three hits and a walk in two innings Monday, striking out a pair of Cincinnati batters.
He extended his streak to three games for surrendering an opponent home run, this time getting tagged by Scooter Gennett. Bastardo is likely living on borrowed time in the Pittsburgh bullpen. He's allowed six hits, three walks and five runs in 3.1 innings. The Pirates are paying half of his $6 million-plus salary, but his ineffectiveness could lead the team to release him without improvement.
Bastardo walked two batters, then gave up the game-winning homer to Boston's Sandy Leon in the 12th inning Wednesday. He recorded just a single out.
This was certainly not the start the veteran lefty was looking to get off to, especially considering that he's coming off a campaign that saw him set all the wrong sorts of career highs. Those struggles have seen Bastardo removed from a high-leverage role in the Pittsburgh bullpen, which will cut into his accumulation of holds -- his one real source of potential fantasy value.
Bastardo is expected to pitch mostly in the seventh inning of games for Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
The Bucs had Felipe Rivero penned for the seventh inning when they traded for him last week. In the end, both southpaws will likely find plenty of work given the Pirates' shaky rotation.
Bastardo was traded back to the Pirates on Monday in exchange for Jon Niese, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Bastardo, who pitched for the Pirates in 2015, will head back and join the Pittsburgh bullpen. In 43.2 innings in 2016, Bastardo has struggled, compiling a 4.74 ERA. Last season with the Pirates, Bastardo was fantastic, posting a 2.98 ERA and allowing just a .188 batting average.
Bastardo's struggles continued Sunday, as he allowed three runs without recording an out. In his last 13 games since May 18, Bastardo had surrendered 14 earned runs in his last 12.1 innings.
Bastardo was signed this off-season to a two-year, $12 million deal to serve as a set-up man for Jeurys Familia. Following Sunday's debacle, Bastardo now has. 5.46 ERA and will likely be relegated to mop-up duty for a while.
Bastardo fired a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and a walk in Tuesday's matchup with Los Angeles.
Bastardo holds a 1.46 ERA over his last 11 appearances and has racked up five holds during that span. The 30-year-old also holds a 2.30 ERA on the season along with a 11.49 K/9 ratio. As long as the lefty continues to limit runs and strike out batters, he should remain a focal point of the Mets' bullpen during 2016.
Bastardo tossed a scoreless eighth inning Saturday, his second straight day of action for the Mets.
Bastardo, signed to a two-year, $12 million deal this offseason by the Mets, had a rough spring training. He opened the season down the Mets' bullpen depth chart, though he was acquired to set up Jeurys Familia. Bastardo tossed a scoreless ninth in Friday's 7-1 blowout but saw his first action in a tight game Saturday. These two solid outings could move him back up the bullpen pecking order.
Bastardo's rough spring continued Thursday, as he allowed a run in two innings, the NY Post reports.
Pitching coach Dan Warthen said after the game that he believes Bastardo has been "over-rotating with the baseball" which affects his velocity and the movement on his pitches. Whatever the cause, Bastardo has a 7.00 ERA and just a bit more than a week to resolve the problem.
Bastardo's spring training struggles continued Sunday, as he allowed two runs - one earned - on a hit and two walks.
Bastardo now has an 8.10 ERA this spring. While it is just spring training, his struggles have to raise the concern needle slightly. Bastardo is still penciled in - along with Addison Reed - to set up Jeurys Familia, but if his struggles continue, he could be moved to a middle-relief role.
Bastardo signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Mets.
Bastardo will be the lefty set-up man pairing with Addison Reed to be the bridge to Jeurys Familia. He signed for one year and $6 mil less than Tony Sipp received from the Astros. Bastardo held lefties to a .138 battling average last season while righties hit just .210 off of him. His walk rate of 4.08 per nine innings is high, but he cut down that number from 2014 and also struck out over a batter per inning.
Bastardo signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Mets.
Bastardo will be the lefty set-up man pairing with Addison Reed to be the bridge to Jeurys Familia. He signed for one year and $6 mil less than Tony Sipp received from the Astros. Bastardo held lefties to a .167 battling average last season.
The overwork of closer Mark Melancon gave Pirates reliever Antonio Bastardo a shot to close Wednesday against San Diego - and he cashed in for his first save of the year.
Bastardo allowed a walk to open the ninth before retiring the last three, including Melvin Upton and Will Middlebrooks on strikeouts.
Melancon had pitched in four games over the last six days.
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