In a suspension no one saw coming, Antonio Bastardo has accepted a 50-game ban from MLB for "violations in relation to the Biogenesis investigation."
At no point had Bastardo's name been connected to the Biogenesis scandal surrounding Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and others. But his season is now over -- technically, the ban runs up until Game 162 -- and the Phillies again have to deal with the embarrassment of having a player suspended. Bastardo joins Carlos Ruiz and Freddy Galvis as the third Phillie to be suspended over the last 14 months.
Bastardo was a lone bright spot in the Phillies' bullpen this season. He had a 2.32 ERA in 48 appearances after having his worst full season last year, posting a 4.33 ERA and the highest walk rate of his career.
The Phillies were going nowhere this season so the suspension doesn't change their standing in the National League. It is, however, another ugly moment in what is becoming a troubling trend for the organization.