Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — One day after putting his hand on teammate Bryce Harper’s throat during a dugout altercation, Washington Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended for the rest of the season.
Papelbon, the team announced, would drop his appeal of a three-game suspension levied by Major League Baseball earlier this week for throwing a pair of pitches at Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. The pitches were deemed to be intentionally aimed at Machado.
Harper seemed to criticize Papelbon for throwing at Machado earlier in the week, saying that he expected to be hit in retaliation.
The Nationals dealt Papelbon a four-game suspension in addition to that ML B-issued ban, meaning the right-hander will not pitch in any of the Nationals’ final seven games.
In the eighth inning of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Papelbon chided Harper for what he felt was a lack of hustle. Harper had hit a fly ball to left field and did not run full speed out of the batter’s box.
The two shared words as Harper walked back to the dugout, and got heated quickly. Papelbon was seen reaching for Harper’s throat and shoving the presumptive National League MVP into the wall of the dugout. Players and coaches quickly raced over to break up the fight.
Harper did not return to the game for the ninth inning, but Papelbon was sent back out to the mount. He allowed five runs, including the eventual game-winning home run.
Papelbon later compared the fight to brawling with brothers, but admitted that he was in the wrong.
Harper sat out Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, with team manager Matt Williams saying he was benched for his role in the altercation with Papelbon.
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