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Ryan Madson won’t be back before the All-Star break

Jul 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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When the Phillies placed Ryan Madson on the disabled list they downplayed the severity of his hand injury, but yesterday the team officially ruled out his returning before the All-Star break.

Madson last pitched on June 18, so he’s already eligible to come off the DL, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he only started to play catch this weekend” and “will need to throw off a mound at least a couple times before he rejoins the bullpen.”

Zolecki speculates that the earliest Madson will return is July 15, which means he will have missed a month with an injury that didn’t even send him to the DL for 10 days as the Phillies initially tried to keep him on the active roster. It also means Brad Lidge may actually beat Madson back from the DL, which could give Charlie Manuel some interesting late-inning decisions if the former closer thrives immediately while the current closer is out of commission.

In the meantime Antonio Bastardo will continue to fill ninth-inning duties after converting each of his first five save chances to go along with a sparkling 0.87 ERA in 31 innings overall. If everyone gets healthy at some point between now and October the Phillies’ bullpen could be extremely dangerous.

  1. Jonny 5 - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    “Foot” not to be used to smash chairs.

    “Pitching hand” not to be used to stop line drives.

    Now Ryan, Do we really need to tell you what NOT to do with every single part of your body?

    • FC - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:18 AM

      At least Hamels used the hand with the glove on. I suspect Madson’s reaction was pure instinct… too bad.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:24 AM

      The Mad Dog really hurt himself here…not only is he hurting the team, but he is hurting his future. If Bastardo continues his success, there’s no way in hell Cholly can take him out…can he? And if he doesn’t, then Ryan goes into the offseason as a guy who closed for a little while, did well this year, and, well, is he someone to build your 9th inning around for $35 million the next 3 years and Bor-ass is likely to request?

      Prediction: Uncle Cholly puts Madson right back into the closer’s role. But I wish he would keep the kid in until he at least fails once. He looks pretty good out there…and CHEAP TOO!!!!

      • bleedgreen - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:32 AM

        Tony NoDad is looking really good actually. And so is Stutes. I think Sarge called them the Baby Brigade and the Kiddie Krew last night when combined with Worley.

      • Phillies Homer - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:37 AM

        Madson has earned the right to come back and close for this team when healthy. I don’t care if Bastardo strikes out the side every 9th inning until Madson returns.

        Though, I’m sure Cholly won’t have much slack on the leash if Madson struggles in his return. But, what Madson has been for the Phillies the past few years should translate into some loyalty when he comes back; especially since he is having a great year.

      • FC - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:05 PM

        I’m pretty sure Lidge is racing to get back from the DL before Madson. You have to believe he will get preference over Bastardo.

  2. spudchukar - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    I forget is this the “on” year or “off” year for Lidge?

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:30 PM

      This is actually flip a g(&^damned coin year for Lidge I think….

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