Nats GM Mike Rizzo on Jonathan Papelbon’s status for 2016: “He’s under contract”

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Jonathan Papelbon has thrown his final pitch for the Nationals this season, as the team announced this afternoon that he has been suspended four games for Sunday’s incident with Bryce Harper. He has also dropped the appeal of his three-game suspension for hitting Orioles third baseman Manny Machado with a pitch.

While Papelbon’s season is over, his future with the Nationals is also in question. The Nationals guaranteed him $11 million for 2016 as a condition of his trade from the Phillies, so he is under contract. However, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was noncommittal when asked about Papelbon’s future after Monday’s game.

Here’s Rizzo on Papelbon, from Mark Zuckerman of

“He’s under contract,” the GM said. “We’re going to evaluate every moving part that we have after the season, and we’ll make all those decisions once the final out is made in 2015.”

For what it’s worth, Papelbon jerseys have been removed from the Nationals team store.