By Sam Bush

Somebody has finally cracked down on ex-Phillies blowhard Jonathan Papelbon.

The day after Papelbon grabbed Harper’s throat during a dugout scuffle both players later described as being akin to brothers fighting, the Washington Nationals suspended Papelbon for four games without pay.

Papelbon also rescinded his appeal of a three-game suspension from MLB for throwing at Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. The two combined suspensions means the Nationals’ closer is benched for the rest of the season.

“The behavior exhibited by Papelbon yesterday is not acceptable,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement released by the club. “That is not at all in line with the way our players are expected to conduct themselves, and the Nationals organization will not tolerate it in any way.”

Harper was also held out of Monday’s lineup for his part in the altercation, though Nationals’ manager Matt Williams said a day off for the right fielder had already been scheduled in the coming days.

The incident occurred after Harper flied out in the bottom of the eighth against the Phillies then jogged to touch first base. Papelbon started yelling at Harper before the probable NL MVP even reached the dugout, Harper responded “let’s (expletive) go,” and Papelbon grabbed Harper’s neck with both hands as teammates leapt to separate the players.

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