In fact, Bastardo seems to be one of the likeliest Phillies to be traded before the Deadline. Entering Tuesday, he was 4-3 with a 3.30 ERA in 43 appearances this season. Left-handers have hit just .140 against him, while right-handers have hit .168, which makes him much more than a situational lefty. He makes just $2 million this season, so his contract is not an issue. He also does not become a free agent until after the 2015 season, so he is not a two-month rental.
"I'm just staying focused on what I can do and how I can pitch," Bastardo said of the trade speculation. "I'm just trying to get people out. If I can distract myself from that stuff, I won't let it get into my mind. I don't want to lose my focus."
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit a line drive off Bastardo's left forearm Monday. Bastardo finished the scoreless inning and had the forearm wrapped Tuesday afternoon, but he said it felt much better. A few hours later, he replaced Roberto Hernandez with two outs and a runner on first in the sixth inning.
Bastardo allowed a single to Hector Sanchez before getting pinch-hitter Joaquin Arias to fly out to right field to end the inning.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.