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Bruised hand sends Phillies closer Ryan Madson to DL

Jun 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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Apparently serving as the Phillies’ closer is hazardous to your health.

Brad Lidge has been on the disabled list all season with a shoulder injury, shortly after replacing him in the ninth inning Jose Contreras was shut down with an elbow injury, and now Ryan Madson has been put on the shelf with a bruised hand.

Madson thrived in the closer role, converting 15-of-16 saves with a 2.03 ERA in 31 innings despite oft-repeated doubts about his ability to handle ninth-inning duties.

Contreras recently suffered a setback that will likely keep him out until August, but Lidge is nearing a return and could be ready before the All-Star break. Madson’s stint is backdated and while the numbness he’s experienced is scary it sounds like the Phillies don’t expect him to miss much time, so he could be back as soon as next week. In the meantime Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that “Antonio Bastardo likely becomes the new closer.”

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Let that be a lesson to pitchers: don’t stick out your bare hand to deflect a baseball rocketed at you.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM

      Hear that Cliffy? huh?

    • FC - Jun 28, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      You have glove for that: it’s not just to hide the baseball and the grip your throwing hand has on it.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Their best closers will remain Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels (9 CGs).

  3. spudchukar - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    I am finding it difficult to believe this diagnosis.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 28, 2011 at 1:02 PM

      No, seriously. He messed up his hand in the Texas series. He pitched quite a few times after that but to me it looked like he was having a problem gripping his change up.

    • CJ - Jun 28, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      He learned a tough lesson last season. Don’t kick the chair. However, no one ever told him not to punch the chair apparently.

    • spudchukar - Jun 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM

      It isn’t the How, that I find implausible, it is contention that it is just a bruise, that I question.

  4. bleedgreen - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Stutes and Bastardo are fine… as long as you can get your starter through 7 innings. Otherwise we start rolling out Danys Baez and David Herndon to soak up the 6th and 7th. I’m looking at you Vanimal Worley. You’re good but are too inefficient. Get on that shit, Dubee.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM

      There is nothing wrong with Herndon. Every since they recalled him Herndon has been great. Apparently the AAA pitching coach sorted out some mechanical issues. Why Dubee didn’t notice these issues is another story.

      • xmatt0926x - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:46 PM

        Agreed. It;s funny how you can read stories of how this pitching coach found this flaw or that flaw or how they taught a certain pitch to a guy to help them out, but you never read these stories about Dubee. And it’s not just because the aces don’t need any help. You never heard any of these stories before Lee, Halladay, or Oswalt were here either. It’s always about some other pitcher who caught some flaw or some minor league coach.

  5. halladaysbicepts - Jun 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Bastardo’s Bastards will be happy with this news. Let’s see how Antonio can pitch with a little pressure. He appears to me to have the stones to close. We’ll see, baby!!!

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Doc, Lee and Carlton have something to say “Closer? We don’t need no stinking closers.”

    And Aaron…isn’t it time to get off the whole “I told you so about Ryan Madson” bandwagon? The fact remains that until this year, he SUCKED as a closer, yet you continue to rip people for questioning whether he could close. Sometimes, you can be a real baby.

    • dprat - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:51 AM


      Based on a tiny sample size of innings, some believers in the “magical closer” theory concluded that Madson didn’t have what it takes to be successful in the ninth inning. Others saw that Madson, who otherwise had a fantastic record as a reliever, in a large sample size, knew that there wasn’t anything magical about the 9th, and concluded he would be just fine in the closing role.

      It’s not just Madson, it’s a fundamental issue that was being argued. Madson’s success this year is one more data point in an overwhelming series of data points that some people just don’t get. It’s like a religious belief in “intelligent design,” which will never die no matter how much evidence there is to discredit it. So, me, I’m all for rubbing it in people’s faces every opportunity one can. You may never convince those with a religious attachment to the “magical closer” theory, but you can hopefully dissuade more open minds from ever flirting with such ridiculous nonsense.

      Oh, and by the way, when you call Aaron “a real baby,” you reveal just how thin-skinned you are.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 28, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    this is just a start i see more phillies landing on the DL real soon

    • mercyflush - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:13 PM

      lol what?

  8. mikedi33 - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Don’t know why phils consistently lie on injuries. Don’t think they are telling the whole truth here. Fri they said he had an infected nerve causing numbness in his hand. Sat he got a cortisone shot. I am no doctor but an infection requires antibiotics not cortisone.

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