Nationals Put Papelbon on 15-day DL With Intercostal Strain

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have placed closer Jonathan Papelbon on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain and reinstated right-handed reliever Matt Belisle following a rehabilitation assignment.

Manager Dusty Baker said Papelbon’s injury occurred while the right-hander was warming up Sunday, when he pitched one inning against the Phillies. He allowed a go-ahead home run to former teammate Maikel Franco before Washington rallied for a 5-4 win.

Baker didn’t have a timetable for Papelbon’s return.

Shawn Kelly got the final five outs in Monday night’s 4-1 win over the Cubs for his first save.

Papelbon is 1-2 with a 3.28 ERA and 16 saves. The 35-year-old heads to the DL for the first time in his career.

The 36-year-old Belisle rejoins Washington after missing 45 games with a right calf strain. He pitched 11 innings on a rehab assignment, with a 4.09 ERA in nine games with three teams.

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