Relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended four games without pay for his fight with Bryce Harper, the team announced Monday. That four-game suspension is in addition to the three-game suspension levied by the MLB which means Papelbon will miss the remainder of the regular season.
"The behavior exhibited by Papelbon yesterday is not acceptable," said general manager Mike Rizzo. "This 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."
You can see the full statement released via Twitter here:
The Washington Nationals have suspended RHP Jonathan Papelbon: pic.twitter.com/KYKHvllsaw
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 28, 2015
Papelbon originally intended to challenge the suspension from MLB for throwing at Manny Machado in the team's series against Baltimore, but Jon Heyman of CBS reported Monday that Papelbon had dropped his challenge and would start serving the suspension immediately.
papelbon dropped his challenge to the 3-game mlb for throwing at machado. he'll start serving that one immediately.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 28, 2015
Papelbon still has one year remaining on this contract.
In addition to Papelbon's suspension, Matt Williams announced during his press conference on Monday that Bryce Harper was also being held out of the lineup on Monday due to his role in the incident.