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Ryan Madson sidelined by “a little irritation in his arm”

Mar 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Ryan Madson was unavailable for the Reds’ first two spring training games because of what manager Dusty Baker describes as “a little irritation in his arm.”

More specifically Madson has a minor elbow injury, but according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com the Reds aren’t particularly worried about his status yet.

Madson was on the verge of signing a four-year, $44 million deal with the Phillies, but once that offer dried up he managed only a one-year, $8.5 million contract from the Reds.

With a strong season as a full-time closer he should be able to recoup much of that lost money, which is why staying healthy is so crucial for the 31-year-old right-hander as he replaces Francisco Cordero in Cincinnati.

  1. paperlions - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Baker probably had him throw 90 pitches during live BP.

    • Alex K - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      That’s not the Dusty I know! The Dusty I know would have him throw 120 pitches. We can’t baby pitcher, you know.

  2. El Bravo - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Not sure if Utley’s Hair is reading this, but Go Bulls…they have had their revenge in those fiesty Sixers. Also, go Braves (you see? I made it about baseball after all.)

    • El Bravo - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      in = against

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      No, I’m not reading this. But that game was hard fought and could’ve gone either way. Good game. Let’s eat…cake.

      • El Bravo - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        Well, if you do end up reading this and commenting on it, allow me to reiterate GO BULLS and also provide you this analogy to complete SAT style:

        The BULLS are to PIE as the SIXERS are to ______.

        (hint: pie > cake)

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        Bull pies? Are they anything like cow pies? ‘Cause I could definitely believe that. And the 76ers are most definitely cake…maybe red velvet, ’cause they’re velvety smooth.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        Oh…I mean i WOULD say that…ya know…if I was reading this and all…

  3. randygnyc - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Anyone else think that there is really no such thing as “minor elbow pain” in baseball?

  4. Utley's Hair - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Maybe the irritation is a delayed reaction to signing Boras and what happened to his multiyear windfall?

  5. metalhead65 - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    paging Dr.Jobe you have a call from the reds on line 1 please

  6. tropboi11 - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    I would like to draft him on my fantasy team if he gets better

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