Former MLB P Dan Meyer calls out Antonio Bastardo after Biogeneis suspension

Antonio-Bastardo-PhilliesAs anticipated, Major League Baseball suspended 12 players on Monday for their involvement with Tony Bosch’s Biogenesis clinic. The list of 12 who accepted their suspensions was first reported by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Here are the names:

-Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz
-Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta
-Philadelphia Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo
-New York Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin
-San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera
-Free-agent pitcher Jordan Norberto
-New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli
-Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero
-Mets outfielder Cesar Puello
-Houton Astros reliever Sergio Escalona
-Padres reliever Fautino De Los Santos
-Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez

Alex Rodriguez is the only player who refused to accept a deal, and his suspension is expected to be announced later on Monday. The three surprise names on the list were Bastardo, Valdespin and Escalona.

Shortly after the suspensions were announced, former MLB reliever Dan Meyer called out Bastardo on Twitter:

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Antonio Bastardo fought a squat machine, and the squat machine won

Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo was unavailable to pitch on Friday night, and he has a bizarre reason why.

Bastardo apparently was ticked off after allowing three runs (two charged to starter Cole Hamels) in relief against the Twins on Wednesday. The reliever took out his frustration on a squat machine, and Philly.com’s Matt Gelb says the squat machine “returned the favor,” whatever that means.

Bastardo reportedly ended up with a cut over his left eye, and the eye was nearly swollen shut on Friday.

So that’s why he couldn’t pitch and why he may need a few more days to recover. The good news for Bastardo is that at least he’s now in the same category as Bryce Harper when it comes to self-inflicted injuries.