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Jonathan Papelbon | Relief Pitcher | #58

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/23/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Mississippi State
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 4 (0) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Jonathan Papelbon pitched a clean inning with one strikeout to notch his 18th save of the season on Friday.
Papelbon has been steady if not spectacular this year. He has a 2.93 ERA with 25 strikeouts and eight walks in 27 2/3 innings. This was his third game since returning from a three-week stint on the disabled list. His grip on the closer role in Washington is strong. Jul 8 - 11:52 PM

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Nationals activated RHP Jonathan Papelbon from the 15-day disabled list.

Papelbon will rejoin the Nationals' bullpen for Monday morning's July 4 game against the visiting Brewers after missing three weeks with an intercostal strain. He made two scoreless rehab appearances with Double-A Harrisburg and should move quickly (maybe immediately) back into the ninth-inning role. Shawn Kelley had been doing most of the filling in.
Jul 4 - 10:28 AM

Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) is scheduled to pitch in back-to-back games for Double-A Harrisburg on Friday and Saturday.

Papelbon tossed a problem-free 30-pitch simulated game on Wednesday. Assuming his appearances with Harrisburg go smoothly, he could be activated as early as Sunday. The veteran closer has been on the disabled list since June 14 with a right intercostal strain. Until Paps is ready to return, Shawn Kelley will keep the ninth-inning warm for him.
Jun 29 - 4:55 PM

Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) threw 30 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday.

Things went well, but the plan calls for him to report to Double-A Harrisburg to make back-to-back appearances before being activated. Look for him to return over the weekend. Shawn Kelley will continue to fill in at closer for now.
Jun 29 - 3:51 PM

Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) will throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

Papelbon struck out one batter in a perfect inning Monday in a minor league rehab appearance with High-A Potomac. Assuming all goes well Wednesday, he should be cleared to rejoin the Nationals' bullpen.
Jun 27 - 11:36 PM

Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) tossed a perfect inning Monday in his first minor league rehab appearance with High-A Potomac.

Papelbon struck out one batter and needed 10 pitches to get through the frame. He'll probably need at least one more appearance before rejoining the Nationals. Papelbon has been sidelined since June 12 with a right intercostal strain.
Jun 27 - 9:09 PM

Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Potomac on Monday.

He's only going to need a couple of appearances before he's deemed ready to rejoin the Nationals, which should come at some point next week. Shawn Kelley, who has filled in as the Nats closer in Papelbon's absence, will return to a setup role upon the veteran right-hander's return.
Jun 26 - 10:24 PM

Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday and felt good.

The Nationals haven't made an official decision, but Papelbon could begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Potomac as soon as Monday. He's on track to return sometime next week. Shawn Kelley will continue to fill in at closer for now.
Jun 25 - 1:26 PM

Jonathan Papelbon played catch on the field for a few minutes Tuesday.

A nice first step for the veteran closer, who has been on the disabled list since June 13 because of a right intercostal strain. It's unclear when he'll be ready for a minor league rehab assignment. Shawn Kelley is filling in at closer for the NL East-leading Nationals.
Jun 21 - 9:16 PM

Nationals placed RHP Jonathan Papelbon on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 13, with a right intercostal strain.

Papelbon was unavailable Monday due to unspecified soreness and now he's headed to the disabled list for the first time in his career. These type of injuries can be tricky, so it's possible he'll need to miss more than the minimum 15 days. Shawn Kelley, who notched a five-out save Monday, will presumably fill in at closer during his absence and makes for a must-pickup in fantasy leagues. Felipe Rivero is worth a stash in deeper formats, as Nationals manager Dusty Baker could ultimately play the matchups late in games.
Jun 14 - 1:52 PM

Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable Monday due to unspecified soreness.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said the soreness isn't in his arm, but otherwise didn't go into any details. He'll be re-evaluated on Tuesday. Shawn Kelley notched a five-out save in his absence on Monday and is worth a stash in fantasy leagues while we wait for more clarity on the situation.
Jun 13 - 10:15 PM

Jonathan Papelbon worked a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Cardinals to earn his 13th save.

Papelbon needed just eight pitches to dispatch the middle of the Cardinals order, retiring Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty and Brandon Moss to finish the deal. The right-hander now has 13 saves in 15 chances, not having blown a save opportunity since May 3. Papelbon has posted a 2.89 ERA in 19 appearances to date.
May 26 - 9:49 PM

Jonathan Papelbon notched a two-out save Friday against the Marlins.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker went with Felipe Rivero to begin the ninth inning. He hit Derek Dietrich to begin the frame before striking out Cole Gillespie swinging. Baker then turned to Papelbon, who struck out J.T. Realmuto before getting Martin Prado to ground out to end it. Papelbon now has 10 saves this season and 359 overall, which puts him in 10th place on the all-time list.
May 13 - 11:30 PM

Jonathan Papelbon went off the rails Tuesday, allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Royals.

Called on to protect a two-run lead, Papelbon instead allowed two quick singles to start the inning. One out later, Mike Moustakas tied the game with a two-run single, and two batters later -- after a line out and, you guessed it, a single -- Lorenzo Cain ended Papelbon's nightmare with a walk-off single as well. The blown save was Pap's second of the season, leaving his ERA at 4.50 with a 1.42 WHIP through 13 appearances.
May 4 - 1:16 AM

Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Cardinals to convert his eighth save of the season.

Asked to hold a one-run lead, Papelbon issued a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Kolten Wong, but he induced a double play from Brandon Moss before getting Matt Carpenter to ground out to end it. The veteran closer owns a 2.61 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings so far this season. He should find himself among the league leaders in saves on this club.
Apr 30 - 12:16 AM

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2B1Daniel Murphy
2Trea Turner
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Ben Revere
2Michael Taylor
RF1Bryce Harper
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Starting Pitcher
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Shawn Kelley
3Felipe Rivero
4Blake Treinen
5Oliver Perez
6Matt Belisle
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Aaron Barrett
9Sammy Solis
10Koda Glover