Jonathan Papelbon suspended for throwing at Manny Machado
Major League Baseball on Friday announced that Washington Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended three games and is subject to an undisclosed fine for “intentionally throwing in the head area” of Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.
WSH RHP Papelbon has received a 3-gm suspension for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Manny Machado. pic.twitter.com/TfgCgtmDA6
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) September 25, 2015
The incident, which involved Papelbon going high and tight on Machado before plunking him two pitchers later, occurred during the ninth inning of Baltimore’s 4-3 win, after which he was ejected by home plate umpire Mark Rippenger.
The plunking came two innings after Machado hit a two-run homer off Max Scherzer.
To many, it served as a reminder the closer’s sometime less-than-savory reputation for boorish behavior, which prompted Machado to refer to Papelbon’s antics as “coward stuff.”
Not only that, Papelbon’s conduct wasn’t greeted fondly by Nationals teammate Bryce Harper.
“I mean Manny freaking hit a homer,” Harper said after the game, via an AP report. “Walked it off and somebody drilled him. I mean, it’s pretty tired. It’s one of those situations where it happens and, I don’t know, I’ll probably get drilled tomorrow.”
Papelbon reportedly announced his intent to appeal the decision, per Yahoo! Sports, meaning he will be available at the beginning of Washington’s three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies, who traded the disgruntled closer to the Nationals earlier this season and has drawn the ire of the pitcher on several occasions.
(image via Philly.com)