The Pittsburgh Pirates designated left-handed relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo for assignment on Saturday afternoon. They recalled infielder Phil Gosselin to take his place on the active roster.
Bastardo has pitched just nine times for the Pirates this season, posting a 15.00 ERA and a 2.78 WHIP in nine innings. He spent most of the season in Pirate City and Indianapolis, trying to get back on track after a few poor outings to start the season. It's highly unlikely anyone will pick him up on waivers, so the Pirates will owe him the remaining part of his $6,625,000, with an unknown percentage of that money coming from the New York Mets as part of the trade for Jon Niese last year.
Gosselin is hitting .287/.330/.378 in 43 games for Indianapolis this year. In two stints with the Pirates,...
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