Jonathan Papelbon News Archive
Papelbon was yanked with one out in the ninth inning Thursday against the Giants after allowing a hit and a walk. He was ultimately charged with a run.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker suggested after Tuesday's loss to the Indians that the team could potentially explore a change at closer, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. "It's too soon after [the game to make a decision on a closer]," Baker said about 15 minutes after the loss. "I mean, that's [Papelbon's] job. That's what he's getting paid for. I don't know. We just have to go back to the drawing board. It's too early to say after the game."
Papelbon (2-4) blew the save and took the loss as he failed to get an out and allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks Tuesday against Cleveland.
Papelbon gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, striking out two, to pick up his 19th save of the season in a win over the Mets.
Papelbon struck out one in a perfect ninth inning during Friday's win over the Mets to notch his 18th save of the season.
Papelbon struck out all three batters he faced to notch his 17th save of the year Wednesday against the Brewers.
Papelbon pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning in his return from a rib injury Monday, striking out two, in a 1-0 loss to the Brewers.
Papelbon (ribs) was activated from the 15-day DL on Monday.
Papelbon (ribs) will pitch Friday and Saturday on a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Papelbon (ribs) said he felt great after throwing 30 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.