Jonathan Papelbon: Nationals RHP suspended 3 games for plunking Machado

Jonathan Papelbon: Nationals RHP suspended 3 games for plunking Machado

Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount, Major League Baseball announced on Friday.

The suspension and fine came after Papelbon intentionally threw at Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado earlier in the week.

Papelbon has appealed the suspension, which made him eligible to pitch in Friday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. However, he did not appear in the Washington Nationals 8-2 loss.

In Wednesday’s matchup between the Orioles and the Nationals, Machado hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning. In the ninth, Machado came to the plate against Papelbon, whose first pitched missed up and in. After throwing a curveball for the second pitch, Papelbon drilled Machado in the upper arm with a fastball.

Papelbon was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Mark Ripperger, as Machado glared towards the mound while barking at the Nationals closer.

After coming over from the Phillies in late July, Papelbon, 34, has appeared in 20 games for the Nationals, going 2-1 with a 2.49 earned run average, seven saves, 15 strikeouts and one walk in 21 2/3 innings pitched. Overall this season, Papelbon is 4-2 with a 1.91 ERA, 24 saves, 55 strikeouts and nine walks in 61 1/3 innings pitched.

Both the Nationals and the Orioles have suffered disappointing seasons in 2015, as both teams were projected to be atop their respective divisions by this time. However, it looks as though neither team will reach the postseason this year, which will leave many players, coaches and executives scratching their heads this offseason.