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Ryan Madson’s elbow “is pretty close to 100 percent”

Mar 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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Sidelined early in camp by what manager Dusty Baker called “a little irritation in his arm,” Ryan Madson has been cleared for game action.

Madson was officially diagnosed with elbow inflammation, but told Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer that “it’s pretty close to 100 percent right now.”

Groeschen reports that Madson threw a 30-pitch bullpen session today, mixing in off-speed stuff along with fastballs, so the Reds’ one-year, $8.5 million investment still looks like a good one.

  1. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    If Dusty Baker is calling it “a little irritation” I wonder what Dr. James Andrews will be calling it by the All-Star break.

    • metalhead65 - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      now now we can’t blame poor dusty just because every pitcher that plays for him comes up with some sort of injury. no wait that is just a myth ignore all the evidence to the contrary you are just picking on poor dusty. wait untill he is the manager of one those people who always defends him,something tells me they won’t be for to long once their pitchers start to go down.

      • paperlions - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        Here is the complete list of Major League managers that have never had pitchers with arm injuries:

      • paperlions - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Do you want to compare arm injuries for the Cardinals the last few years to those on the Reds since Dusty took over? I’m pretty sure the Cardinals have had more and more severe arm problems.

      • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:41 PM


        I didn’t want to make it seem like Dusty is the only manager guilty of it. It’s a common problem even outside of athletics for workplace injuries not the be taken seriously. I can’t actually think of an MLB organization that could be considered forward-thinking with the way they treat injuries, much less one that seems any better than the rest. It’s just one of those things about baseball that always makes me shake my head in disgust, like the fact that blocking home plate wasn’t outlawed after Charlie Hustle ended Fosse’s career, or that MLB allowed a piece of crap owner to buy the Red Sox and sell the Marlins to an even bigger piece of crap, or that anytime a professional athlete commits a crime it’s an Insult To The Game but if it’s management or ownership it’s only a Lapse In Judgement, or that (insert list of at least 3 owners) are allowed to continue to ruin their franchises because they know that with the way TV contracts are handed out the teams will never devalue, or that…

        Sorry, I ran out of breath. But yeah, it’s definitely more than Dusty, no doubt.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        Considering Ryan Madson hasn’t yet thrown a pitch under the management of Dusty Baker, I am struggling to understand the relevance of this comment.

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