Closer Alert: Ryan Madson Placed On DL

Updated as of 6:30 PM:
Just a few notes regarding Madson and the Phillies plan moving forward:

  • According to Matt Gelb (via Twitter), “Charlie says Bastardo is probably his guy. Could play matchup with Stutes, though.”  That’s pretty much as expected.
  • Todd Zolecki of mlb.com (click here for the article) is reporting that Madson was put on the DL retroactive to June 19, so that limits the amount of time he needs to be on the DL.  Still, there is no guarantee that he will be able to return when first eligible.
  • In the same article, Zolecki is reporting that, “Madson injured his hand on May 20, when a ball struck him during a game against the Texas Rangers. Madson continued to pitch, but he complained of pain on occasion. He received a cortisone injection on Friday.”

Original Post:
It feels like there is a black cloud hanging over Phillies’ relievers in 2011, doesn’t it?  First it was Brad Lidge who was placed on the DL, leaving a void in the Phillies bullpen.  Jose Contreras was given the next shot to close and he did an admirable job, but he too fell victim to injury.

Almost reluctantly Ryan Madson was called upon, with nowhere else to turn.  After years of getting opportunities only to fail, Madson finally grabbed hold of the job and embraced it.  He is currently sporting a 2.03 ERA and 1.19 WHIP to go along with 15 saves, but unfortunately is run as closer has hit a speed bump.

According to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News (click here for the post), “Phillies right-hander Ryan Madson was placed on the 15-day disabled list today with a right hand contusion, retroactive to June 19, Senior Vice President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced.”

It’s a tough break for Madson and the Phillies, who are now again left looking for a closer.  I would expect Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo to share closing duties, with Bastardo likely getting the first chance.  He has been spectacular this season, with a 0.96 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 33 K in 28.0 IP.

We’ll have more on this when/if it becomes available today.

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