Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo was one of 12 players to accept a 50-game suspension for violations of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the league announced on Monday.
Phillies president David Montgomery issued a statement on the suspension, via Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
“Obviously, the Phillies are very disappointed to learn of Antonio Bastardo’s violation of Major League Baseball’s Drug Program. We strongly believe in the Program and look forward to a time when performance enhancing drugs are completely out of baseball. Hopefully the sanctions announced today will bring us closer to that day. We respect the fact that Antonio has acknowledged his serious mistake and accepted his 50-game suspension.”
Among the other notable names to accept 50-game bans were Texas' Nelson Cruz and Detroit's Jhonny Peralta. New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez received a 211-game suspension.