Antonio Bastardo didn’t hide from it. He didn’t make excuses.

“I made a mistake,” the Phillies' reliever said after the first workout of the spring Thursday.

Bastardo ended last season serving a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s rules against performance-enhancing drugs. Though he never tested positive, he accepted the suspension without appeal after his name surfaced in the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic scandal last summer. He was one of 13 players suspended by MLB in connection with the scandal.

Bastardo said he used an illegal performance-enhancing substance in spring training 2012.

“I met this guy one day in 2012,” he said. “I was thinking I needed some help. I did it just once and I ended up on the list. It was a bad situation.

“I’m mad at myself. It was a mistake I made and I paid the price. I never did it again, just that one spring training, never in the regular season or in 2013.”

Bastardo ended up forfeiting about $466,000 of his $1.4 million salary last season.