After falling out of playoff contention, the Washington Nationals' season just got worse.
The Nats suspended Jonathan Papelbon on Monday following the closer's physical assault of teammate (and MVP contender) Bryce Harper in Sunday's game against the Phillies. The team suspended Papelbon for four games. That's on top of a three-game suspension from Major League Baseball that Papelbon received for intentionally drilling Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles last week.
It's icing on the cake for a team that was the favorite to win the World Series after signing Cy Young winner Max Scherzer in the off season only to miss the postseason all together. The collective seven-game suspension means Papelbon won't play the rest of the season and he'll forfeit around $500,000 in pay, according to spotrac, a sports financial research site.