Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 19 Days

Papelbon was consistently hitting 93 mph with his fastball Saturday during his first out of the spring, CSN Philadelphia reports.

Papelbon's fastball velocity has been declining the past few seasons. He averaged 91.2 mph on his fastball last year. Seeing higher velocity this early in camp is a good sign. Papelbon will open the season as the Phillies' closer, but the club hopes to move him at some point as part of their rebuilding efforts.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 1 Month

Manager Ryne Sandberg said Papelbon will be the Phillies' closer this season, the team's official site reports.It was pretty much a given, but the question was asked because Papelbon needs to finish 48 games this season to have his $13 million club option for 2016 vest. The option year has created some difficulties for the Phillies in their attempts to trade Papelbon this winter. He has finished no fewer than 52 games in each of the previous eight seasons, making the option a near lock to be executed provided Papelbon stays healthy. If the Phillies can trade Papelbon this spring, Ken Giles would be the favorite to close.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 2 Months

GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said trade talks for Papelbon are still alive, CSN Philadelphia reports. "We're still having discussion and not just with one club," Amaro said.

Amaro would not name the teams the Phillies have talked to, but Milwaukee is considered the most viable trade partner. Toronto has also expressed interest. The sticking point in talks has been Papelbon's $13 million option for 2016, which he wants guaranteed in order to waive his no trade clause.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 2 Months

The Phillies have recently had trade talks with the Brewers involving Papelbon, CSN Philadelphia reports.

Milwaukee is one of the teams Papelbon can block a trade to, but he indicated during last season that he would be willing to waive his no trade clause to move to a contender. He also reportedly wants his $13 million option for 2016 picked up in order to waive his no trade clause. Ken Giles would take over as the Phillies' closer if Papelbon gets dealt before the season begins.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 6 Months

Papelbon logged his 39th save with a scoreless ninth inning against Atlanta on Friday night.

He allowed one hit and struck out one. Papelbon (39 saves, 2.04 ERA) just returned from a seven game suspension earlier in the week, and as expected, immediately stepped back into the closer's role. He has now converted both save chances since his reinstatement.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 6 Months

Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 38th save of the season Wednesday against the Marlins.

Papelbon was reinstated from his seven-game suspension Tuesday and also resumed his role as Philadelphia's closer, pushing Ken Giles back to setup duties.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 6 Months

Papelbon has been reinstated from his suspension and will resume his role as the Phillies' closer, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Papelbon served a seven-game ban for making a lewd gesture toward fans after blowing a save last Sunday. Despite the negative attention the situation drew, Papelbon will return to his role as the primary closer. In 64.1 innings (64 appearances) this season, Papelbon holds a 2.10 ERA with 37 saves and four blown saves.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 6 Months

Papelbon has been suspended seven games and fined for his actions after blowing a save Sunday, CSN Philadelphia reports.

Papelbon made a lewd gesture toward fans while walking back to the dugout and was subsequently ejected from the game. He will not appeal the suspension, which begins Monday night. Papelbon will be eligible to return Tuesday, Sept. 23 when the Phillies take on the Marlins.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 6 Months

Papelbon blew a save opportunity Sunday against Miami, allowing four hits and four earned runs in the ninth inning.

Papelbon has been excellent for the Phillies this season, but it all went wrong for the closer on Sunday. His ERA jumped from 1.56 all the way up to 2.10 following the blown save, which was only his fourth of the season.

Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 6 Months

Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Marlins on Saturday to pick up his 37th save of the season.

Papelbon continues to get the job done for the Phillies. He has a 1.14 ERA and a 60:14 K:BB ratio in 63.1 innings this season.