Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended three games by Major League Baseball following his confrontation with umpire Tony Randazzo during Boston's game against the Oakland Athletics last Saturday.
Papelbon, who was ejected after confronting Randazzo, was suspended for "inappropriate conduct," according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Papelbon was arguing balls and strikes with Randazzo. During the argument, Papelbon bumped Randazzo in the chest.
While Papelbon had not talked with anyone in the league offices prior to this ruling, he thought that a fine or suspension might be coming.
"It's me," he said. "You know I don't get away with anything. I've been fined for being three seconds late (between pitches)." (via ESPN)
Papelbon is 2-0 with a 4.32 ERA, 34 strikeouts and four walks to go along with 11 saves this season. In seven major league seasons, Papelbon is 21-18 with a 2.35 career ERA and 199 saves.
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