Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon's suspension was reduced from three games to two following his appeal to Major League Baseball. The suspension stemmed from a June 4 incident involving Papelbon bumping plate umpire Tony Randazzo.
"There’s always got to be a process," Papelbon said this afternoon. "I think the [appeal] process was done very well and very fair for both sides. Like I said when this thing first happened, I have to own up to it, and I did. Now, the consequences are set."
Papelbon said he isn't allowed to be in the clubhouse during the games in which he is suspended. If he wanted to, he could sit in the stands. Pleased with the outcome of the appeal, Papelbon says he is ready to move forward.
"I asked for two games," Papelbon said. "They looked at the videotape, and I guess decided that two games was fair for me to accept. That's it. It's pretty simple."
The two-game suspension is in effect for tonight's and tomorrow night's games against the Brewers. Sox manager Terry Francona said he was not going to automatically move setup man Daniel Bard into the closing role because he might need Bard for a non-ninth-inning situation.