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Ryan Madson still experiencing right elbow discomfort?

Mar 22, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

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Reds closer Ryan Madson has yet to make an appearance in a Cactus League game this spring because of discomfort in his throwing elbow.

And he’s unlikely to debut anytime soon.

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Madson was scratched from a scheduled appearance Thursday in a minor league exhibition game with what sounds like renewed elbow issues.

“I don’t know what I can say,” Madson told the Enquirer on Thursday evening in Reds camp. “I don’t like to be like that, but…”

“We’re sorting it out,” general manager Walt Jocketty added. “We’ll let you know.”

Madson signed a one-year, $8.5 million free agent contract with the Reds this winter. If he is unavailable for the start of the regular season, Reds skipper Dusty Baker will likely ask Sean Marshall to act as closer.

  1. Utley's Hair - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Small sample, spring training and all that notwithstanding, how’s that contract looking now, Scotty?

  2. metalhead65 - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    maybe the phillies knew what they were doing after all by not resigning him how did the reds not give this guy a physical before signing him? and if they did they better get a better dr. because you don’t suddenly come down with arm problems after throwing a pitch in the bullpen. nice waste of 8 million walt! and if you are going to put chapman in the pen again make him the closer and stop jerking him around already. what better way to use him and 100 mph heater than the 9th where he can let it rip for 1 inning, he loses control when he pitches more than 1 inning anyway so either send him to the minors to learn how to be a starter or make him the closer.

  3. cintiphil - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    This could hurt more than we knwo now. The Reds are counting on him to bolster the staff. The Reds are not as deep in the pitching staff as the redbirds, so they can not afford to lose anything. I don’t think the Phills had any idea that this would happen. In the past, many pitchers have problems and recover. This may or may not be a case of an old injury. Madson may be alright and this could just sideline him for the start of the season. Not more than a week ago, everyone was talking about the “end of Halladay”, because the speed of his heater. Now what is the talk? Yes, he is back! This could be the case here, lets hope this is not a career ending thing, besides the damage to the Reds staff.

  4. firemarshal1 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Hey Metalhead, relax its preseason. It early most likely nothing major. Did you play baseball?

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