It’s official, Major League Baseball has suspended New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez for the remainder of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 schedule for the use and possession of performance enhancing drugs over multiple years. The suspension is effective on Thursday, August 8th and includes 211 games.
In addition to A-Rod, MLB announced that an additional 12 players have agreed to 50-game suspensions for using performance enhancing drugs. Phillies relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo is among that group. Phillies President David Montgomery issued the following statement regarding Bastardo’s suspension.
“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.”