The Nationals have suspended Jonathan Papelbon for the remainder of the season, the team announced on Monday (Sept. 28).
In addition to Papelbon's three-game suspension for hitting Baltimore's Manny Machado, the Nationals suspended Papelbon for four games due to the incident on Sunday with Bryce Harper.
Papelbon and Harper got into a scuffle in the dugout Sunday, with Papelbon grabbing Harper by the throat after the two exchanged words.
Papelbon, acquired by the Nationals from the Phillies this summer, was standing on the top step of the dugout when Harper returned after popping out to left in the eighth and the score tied at 4. Papelbon reportedly was unhappy Harper did not run to first, and the confrontation quickly turned physical.
Nationals manager Matt Williams let Papelbon pitch the ninth. The reliever gave up a home run and the Phillies scored eight runs to win, 12-5.