Former Mississippi State pitcher and current Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended for seven games for making an obscene gesture to the crowd a Citizens Park and making contact with an umpire on Sunday, according to MLB.com.
The 33-year old right-hander is enjoying one of his best seasons in the Big Leagues but blew a three-run lead to the Marlins allowing four runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Papelbon was booed by the home crowd as he left the mound and grabbed his crotch on his way to the dugout.
Papelbon was ejected by home plate umpire Jerry West and the two got into a heated exchange which led to West grabbing the reliever’s jersey and Papelbon bumping the umpire.
Papelbon, who lettered at MSU from 2001-03, will no appeal the suspension.
This season Papelbon has posted a 2-3 record with 37 saves and a 2.10 earned run average. He has struck out 61 batters and walked 15 in 64.1 innings of work.
Papelbon has 323 career saves in 10 seasons with Boston and Philadelphia.