He entered to boos and left to some more, all part of a nights work for Jonathan Papelbon. The former Philly, current Nationals closer pitched a scoreless, hitless 8th for Harrisburg in a 4-2 loss to Reading Friday night. It was the first of two scheduled rehab appearances against his former organization. After the game he described the boos as “great” and his performance as “strong.”
Papelbon went on the 15 day DL with a right intercostal strain retroactive to June 13th. He threw a successful simulated game Wednesday and followed that up with a pop out, ground out, walk and strike out in his inning of work Friday. His fastball reached a high of 95 miles per hour according to the stadium radar.
After the game Papelbon said the rib injury affects his delivery the most. His focus was on keeping his delivery sound, something he felt he did Friday night. He is scheduled for one more rehab appearance in relief for Harrisburg Saturday against Reading and will be evaluated from there.