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Ryan Madson flies to Cincinnati for elbow exam

Mar 23, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

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With the Reds still being all hush-hush on his condition, Ryan Madson will travel to Cincinnati to have his ailing elbow examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek on Thursday.

Madson was expected to pitch in a minor league game today, but it was announced last night that he was being scratched. Neither Madson nor team officials have had much to say about the elbow.

“Nothing yet,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He’s won’t be analyzed until tomorrow. He went back to Cincinnati. We won’t know anything until tomorrow.”

Madson looked like one of the bargains of the offseason, signing a one-year deal with the Reds after a four-year pact to stay with the Phillies fell through. If Cincinnati gets bad news tomorrow, it could influence the team’s decision on what to do with Aroldis Chapman. There’s talk that Chapman could be kept as the fifth starter over Homer Bailey, but he may be more attractive as closer insurance if Madson has to miss a chunk of the season.

  1. metalhead65 - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    seriously do they not give these guys physicals before they sign them?8 million bucks for a bum elbow is alott of money for the small market reds to throw away.

    • Gonzo - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      Because there’s no way he could have hurt his arm pitching the past 5 weeks, right?

      • metalhead65 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        they may have been in camp 5 weeks but he sure has not been pitching for that long. I believe he complained of a minor tweak the first day or so of camp so I would say the chances are it happened before he reported. he has not pitched any games or live action that I know of.

    • joshfrancis50 - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      John Fay said he looked great at the beginning of camp and I’m pretty sure the Reds conducted a physical prior to signing. Or in other words, I don’t think you know what you’re talking about.

  2. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    I’m sure he’s real happy about Boras pushing the market on him so hard in the off-season that he could only get a one year deal by the time all was said and done. If he ends up becoming injury plagued this year, I’m figuring that he won’t get as big of a contract (or as long of a deal for that matter) this off-season as he would’ve gotten last off-season if Boras didn’t convince him to hold out for a better deal. It’s his own fault as much as his agent’s for listening to the guy. The Nationals already picked up one Phillie by over-paying for him on the market (also with Boras as the agent), they’re not gonna fall for the same trick twice. Reds were smart to sign him to a one year deal, but they probably could’ve gotten him for less if they held out a little longer. Still, if he doesn’t pan out for them, it doesn’t hurt them next season.

  3. cintiphil - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    This is going to be an incredible loss to the Reds if he needs surgery. they were counting on him in the pen, so they could work with Chapman to get him to start. Now it seems that Chapman is not ready to even begin, and they will send him down for a while. We can’t lose any more key people in Cinti.

  4. pxeeks - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Phillies balked with Madsen deal. Madsen was a homegrown WS champ. His arm elbow issue may have been known longer than now. All praise to Amaro and Papplebon.Go Phills #1

  5. cintiphil - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    That is a stupid comment if I ever head one. Madson was throwing very well at the end of last season. no one expected he would have a recurring injury for any reason. Many good and even great pitchers have had old injuries and surgeries which the overcome. To say that the Phills knew he was going to have trouble is stupid.

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