SAN DIEGO - The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday for minor league lefty Joely Rodriguez.The 29-year-old Bastardo went 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA this year with the Phillies. He struck out 81 and walked 34 in 64 innings. In six big league seasons — all with the Phillies — he is 20-18 with a 3.72 ERA. He has 324 strikeouts in 259 innings.The Pirates were searching for left-handed bullpen help after sending Justin Wilson to the New York Yankees for catcher Francisco Cervelli last month.We had Antonio profiled very high on our list of potential bullpen acquisitions, watched him over the years, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said at the winter meetings. Gives us a second left-hander in the bullpen, and not just a left on left specialist, somebody who can cut through some right handers.Bastardo made $2 million this year and is the 12th Pirates player that is arbitration eligible. He can be a free agent after next season.A starter, the 23-year-old Rodriguez pitched at Double-A this season. He was named an Arizona Fall League top prospect Wednesday.Its a good day. Its a hard day, Hurdle said. Julio is one of our own. Weve grown him up. Hes a young, good looking left-handed pitcher, Dominican kid that we all love. And to get something that was always yours, youve got to give up something. William Carrier Golden Knights Jersey . Hamels threw seven sharp innings to earn his 100th career victory, Domonic Brown had a career-best five RBIs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-1 on Saturday night to end a four-game losing streak. David Perron Jersey . But when it was all over they had wasted another lead, seen another pitcher flame out on the mound and lost their fourth straight at home. http://www.goldenknightsproshop.com/aut ... ts-jersey/. 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The right-hander said he threw about 30 pitches in a routine bullpen session Sunday at Yankee Stadium, his final hurdle before starting Tuesday night at Tampa Bay.PHILADELPHIA - A national brain injury group has condemned the proposed payout scheme for NFL concussion claims as deeply flawed, saying it excludes many former players suffering from mood swings, depression, aggression and other related problems.The Brain Injury Association of America said the plan favours former players with memory problems and certain neuromuscular diseases but leaves out those with other symptoms that can stem from brain trauma.Many of the physical, neurological and neurobehavioural consequences of TBI (traumatic brain injury) are missing from the list of qualifying diagnoses, the association said in a court filing on Tuesday. The settlements approach ... is deeply flawed.The group asked to file an amicus brief and weigh in when a federal judge in Philadelphia reviews the settlement plan in November. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody has granted preliminary approval of the plan, which would settle thousands of lawsuits filed against the league.The NFL disclosed this month that it expects nearly three in 10 former players, or 6,000 men, to develop debilitating brain conditions. The leagues experts predicted they will be stricken earlier and at least twice as often as the general population.The NFL has agreed to create a $675 million fund, and more if needed, to pay out claims for the next 65 years. Current players are not included in the litigation.Most of the money would go to former players under age 45 diagnosed with AAlzheimers disease or dementia.ddddddddddddThe payouts would be sharply reduced as the ex-players age, or if they played fewer than five years in the league, based on assumptions that their injuries are less likely to stem from NFL concussions.The Brain Injury Association faults the logic of that plan, arguing that players can suffer severe concussions in their rookie years.The sole factor in determining monetary awards should be the nature and extent of the impairment, Drs. Brent E. Masel, the associations medical director, and Gregory J. OShanick, his predecessor, wrote in court papers.Lawyer Christopher Seeger, co-lead class counsel for the players, called the agreement an extraordinary settlement for retired NFL players and their families.Our focus remains on finalizing this agreement so that former NFL players can soon begin taking advantage of its benefits, he said Tuesday.His experts expect the average payouts, in todays dollars, to be $2.1 million for Lou Gehrigs disease, $1.4 million for a death involving the brain decay known as CTE and $190,000 for Alzheimers disease or moderate dementia. An award potentially reaches $5 million.Some players have signalled plans to opt out, including the family of the late San Diego star Junior Seau, who was found after his 2012 suicide, at age 43, to have had CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.The agreement would cover all 21,000 former players, unless they opt out by next month. 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