The Washington Nationals placed closer Jonathan Papelbon on the 15-day disabled list on June 14 because of a strain of the right intercostal, a muscle between the ribs, according to ESPN. This marks the first time the 35 year old will be on the DL in his 11-year career playing for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals. The Nationals reinstated right-hander Matt Belisle to take over Papelbon's duties. Belisle made nine-rehab appearances in the minors finishing with a 4.09 ERA.
Papelbon is 16-for-18 in save opportunities this season, which ranks seventh in the national league.
The closer is a six-time all star and ranks 10th all-time in MLB history with 365 saves. However, Papelbon doesn't receive the star treatment he did in years past with the Red Sox and especially the Phillies, where he helped win a World Series. Fans still boo Papelbon when he steps on the mound after last season's dugout scuffle with Bryce Harper, when he called out the eventual MVP for not hustling down the base path during a routine fly ball, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.
Papelbon's club is currently in first-place in the NL East, five games ahead of the New York Mets.