MLB Suspends Jonathan Papelbon Seven Games
Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for his actions following Sunday's appearance. Papelbon was ejected by umpire Joe West after grabbing his crotch on his way to the Phillies' dugout.
The Phillies issued the following statement via e-mail tonight prior to their game with the Padres:
“The Phillies fully support the decision of the Commissioner’s Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on-field player behavior. By Major League Baseball rules, the Phillies have no authority to make official judgments about activity which occurs on the field or to determine the appropriate penalty for misconduct. We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday.”