The Washington Nationals have placed Jonathan Papelbon on the 15-day disabled list and reinstated reliever Matt Belisle, the team announced Tuesday.
Papelbon’s stint on the DL, which is for a right intercostal strain, is retroactive to June 13. It marks the first time in his 12-year MLB career that he will appear on the disabled list. In 24 2/3 innings of work this season, the 35-year-old closer has posted a 3.28 ERA with 19 strikeouts and has saved 16 games in 18 chances.
Belisle, a 36-year-old reliever, hasn’t pitched in the majors since April due to a calf injury. Before his injury, he made seven appearances and posted a 1.50 ERA to start the 2016 campaign.
The Nationals are 40–24 entering Tuesday’s contest against the Cubs.