Bastardo's belongings and nameplate were removed from his locker at Citizens Bank Park. He is eligible to return for the final day of the season. That, obviously, will not happen.
The Phillies retain Bastardo's rights for next season through arbitration. The 27-year-old lefty had a 2.32 ERA this season. He stranded 11 of his 13 inherited runners and struck out more than one batter per inning.
Amaro said that Bastardo can pitch in winter ball, and that will be one method of recouping the lost innings.
Bastardo never failed a drug test, but MLB found evidence that he received performance-enhancing drugs sometime in 2012. It is possible that Bastardo took human growth hormone, which is detectable only in a blood test. In-season blood testing was not implemented until this season.
According to PITCHf/x data, Bastardo's fastball velocity has declined every season since 2010.
"I don't think anybody in this clubhouse had a clue," Cole Hamels said. "It's frustrating to think that there are people down below who won't get an opportunity because somebody is filling that spot in an illegal way."
The recent soundtrack to Jonathan Papelbon's appearances at Citizens Bank Park is boos, and Tuesday was no exception. He entered with a four-run lead and allowed back-to-back hits. After two strikeouts, Chicago's Nate Schierholtz lashed a two-run single to center.
The two runs raised his ERA to 2.82, the highest it has been since April. The Phillies won, 9-8, but not without a tense situation.
"He's pitched long enough," Charlie Manuel said. "I'm sure he's been booed before. I don't think he hears too much of that."
Papelbon's 30 pitches were his most in an outing this season.
Roy Halladay could face hitters for the first time since shoulder surgery in a simulated game this week. He threw 75 pitches in an extended bullpen session Monday, one in which he rested five times to mimic rest between innings.
Amaro offered no timetable for Halladay's return, but team officials have long targeted September. The pitcher could begin a minor-league rehab assignment after the simulated game.
Halladay is a free agent at season's end and has expressed a desire to prove his worth.
Status quo for Howard
Ryan Howard, a month removed from knee surgery, has yet to be cleared for hitting. He is rehabbing in Clearwater, Fla. The team had originally estimated he would be out six to eight weeks after the surgery.