August 10, 2020

Washington Nationals suspend Jonathan Papelbon

The Washington Nationals have suspended closer Jonathan Papelbon for the remainder of the season, general manager Mike Rizzo announced today.

Papelbon choked Bryce Harper in the dugout after the bottom of the eighth inning in Sunday’s 12-5 home loss to Philadelphia. Papelbon was originally suspended for three games by Major League Baseball for his throwing at the head of Baltimore’s Manny Machado last week, but decided to appeal the ruling. Not only did Papelbon drop his appeal of the original suspension this afternoon according to CBS’ Jon Heyman, but the trade deadline pickup will be forced to sit for the final four games of the year for his assault on the team’s star player.

In a statement, Rizzo said, “the behavior exhibited by Papelbon yesterday was not acceptable. That is not at all in line with the way our players are expected to conduct themselves, and the Nationals organization will not tolerate it in any way.”

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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