Umpire West suspended 1 game for grabbing jersey

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Joe West #22 after Papelbon was ejected from the game after making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Jonathan Papelbon, booed while walking off the field after a poor outing Sunday, directs an apparent crude gesture toward Phillies fans. Papelbon was ejected by home-plate umpire Joe West for the stunt.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Joe West #22 after Papelbon was ejected from the game after making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Joe West #22 after Papelbon was ejected from the game after making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Joe West #22 after Papelbon was ejected from the game for making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Marty Foster #60 after Papelbon was ejected from the game after making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Marty Foster #60 after Papelbon was ejected from the game after making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Marty Foster #60 after Papelbon was ejected from the game after making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Manager Ryne Sandberg #23 of the Philadelphia Phillies talks with closer Jonathan Papelbon #58 after Papelbon was ejected from the game for making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon walks off the field after making a lewd gesture to the crowd during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Marlins won 5-4. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Umpire Joe West was suspended for one game without pay for grabbing the jersey of Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre said in a statement Wednesday that West "admitted that there was a better way to handle the situation."

Papelbon was suspended seven games and fined Monday for making a lewd gesture and then bumping West. The right-hander has insisted he wasn't making a vulgar motion toward fans as he walked off the field to boos after giving up four runs in the ninth inning of Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

West ejected him after the umpire thought Papelbon grabbed his crotch in response to the jeers from the crowd.

"I fully understand that Joe was reacting to a player who was acting aggressively, and can understand his frustration with the situation," Torre said. "However, Joe knows that an umpire cannot initiate physical contact with a player just as a player cannot initiate physical contact with an umpire."

West will serve the suspension Wednesday night instead of working his assigned game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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