Left-hander Antonio Bastardo, part of the the Phillies' 25-man roster throughout the playoffs, resumed pitching Dec. 4.
The Dominican League is a sneaky thing. Just when it looked like Sabastian Valle in the Mexican League was the only player worth tracking in the Carribean this winter, Bastardo jumps into the mix. If you needed further proof that Bastardo's place will be in the 'pen, all seven of his winter league appearances with Cibao have been in short relief. In six innings of work, he's given up five hits and two walks while striking out six. Bastarto is currently accompanied by another Phillie, shortstop Wilson Valdez, who signed a minor league deal with the club last month. Valdez, who served as Jose Reyes' replacement with the Mets last season, has a .575 OPS in 158 plate appearances. Veteran Andy Tracy and Rule 5 selection David Herndon also appeared with the Cibao club earlier this offseason. Meanwhile, Valle continues his catching duties for Mochis. The 19-year-old Mexican native has a .861 OPS and 10 homers in 155 plate appearances.