MIAMI — Antonio Bastardo was suspended for 50 games with 51 games remaining in the season, which means the Phillies must activate the lefthander before Sunday's season finale. But Bastardo, implicated in the Biogenesis scandal, will not rejoin the team in Atlanta.
Bastardo, actually, is not able to pitch. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Bastardo received an injection to repair a left knee injury.
"That was done a while ago as a precaution," Amaro said. "He's not able to play."
Amaro expects Bastardo to pitch in winter ball. The team is likely to tender him a contract through arbitration.
Bastardo's looming activation was behind the curious decision to place Kyle Kendrick on the disabled list Monday. Kendrick is done for the season because of shoulder inflammation, but there is no need to use the disabled list in September with expanded rosters.
The Phillies must clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Bastardo, currently on the restricted list. That will happen by transferring Kendrick to the 60-day disabled list. Amaro said a DL stint, the first of Kendrick's career, "doesn't really have much of an effect on the outcome" of possible salary arbitration this winter.