Papelbon, 34, is in his fourth season with the Phillies since signing a four-year, $50 million contract with the team in November 2011.
Prior to joining Philadelphia, Papelbon pitched seven seasons for the Boston Red Sox, earning four All-Star nods.
From the Globe:
“The Red Sox are a part of who I am, man,” Papelbon said. “I don’t really feel much like a Phillie.
“Boston’s where I was born and raised. It’s kind of like that, you know. It’s the city you were born and raised in.”
“It’s been a tough transition over here,” Papelbon said. “I’m not going to lie. It’s been tough. Tough getting used to the way it is here. It’s two totally different organizations.
“The way they’re ran, the way they’re coached, the players that are on them. Two totally different styles of baseball. I don’t know if I can honestly tell you if I’m even used to it yet.”
Last season Papelbon recorded a 2.04 ERA with 39 saves. The Phillies opened this season against the Red Sox and Papelbon recorded a save against his former club on Wednesday.
SI.com projected the Phillies to finish with the worst record in MLB this season.