Madson Kicks Chair, Breaks Toe

madson toe.jpgYep, Ryan Madson kicked a metal folding chair and broke his right big toe after he blew a save in the ninth inning Wednesday in San Francisco.

The Phillies placed him on the 15-day disabled list just as they activated right-hander Brad Lidge, who had been on the DL since the started. The Phillies recalled left-hander Antonio Bastardo from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Madson’s place.

“I let down my teammates,” he said. “I let down the fans that want us all to be out there playing hard for them. I feel terrible about that. That’s probably the worst part. It is the worst part. I’ve done it before. Not kick stuff, but I’ve gotten upset before and never broken a bone. It’s just one of those things. I learned from it. I won’t do it again. I realize how much I’m letting my teammates down and the fans.”

Madson blew his second save in his six opportunities this season in the ninth inning against the Giants in an eventual 7-6 victory in 11 innings. Madson said he slipped as he walked down a flight of stairs leading from the dugout to the clubhouse. He recovered, but his slip added to the frustration of the blown save and he kicked a heavy metal folding chair at the bottom of the steps.

“I tried to kick it over,” he said. “I caught my toe underneath the chair instead of on top and that’s pretty much what happened. (The chair) just happened to be right there. It was bad timing.”

It is bad timing. The Phillies had hoped to finally setup their bullpen like they want with Lidge as the closer and Madson as the setup man. Now they will have to wait. The Phillies said they have no timetable for Madson’s return.

It is unknown if the breaks are similar, but former Pirates left-hander Oliver Perez broke his left big toe June, 26 2005, after kicking a metal laundry cart in the visitor’s clubhouse in St. Louis. He did not pitch again for the Pirates until Sept. 9, and span of 66 games. Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster broke his right big toe during a celebration last July. He spent 26 days on the disabled list between starts.

Oddly, this is not Madon’s first freak injury with the Phillies. Madson sprained a ligament in his right hand in 2004 when he tried to make a leaping catch at the wall during batting practice before a game at Citizens Bank Park. Madson jammed a finger into the outfield wall. He missed more than a month of the season.

And this certainly is not the first time a player lost his cool. Former Yankees left-hander Kevin Brown broke his left hand after punching a wall in 2004. He missed most of the month of September. Former Padres shortstop Khalil Greene broken his left hand after punching a storage chest in July 2008 and missed the remainder of the season. Braves pitcher Jeff Bennett broke his right hand last season punching the clubhouse door. And Milton Bradley infamously tore his ACL while arguing with an umpire in 2007.

“I think once it heals it should be fine,” Madson said. “It’s just going to take time.”


I’ll be signing copies of my Phillies book “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the Main Concourse behind Section 111 at Citizens Bank Park.


Todd, thanks for clarifying a lot of the questions I had after I read the article.

Todd, thanks for clarifying a lot of the questions I had after I read the article.

Todd, thanks for clarifying a lot of the questions I had after I read the article.

Todd, thanks for clarifying a lot of the questions I had after I read the article.

Todd, thanks for clarifying a lot of the questions I had after I read the article.

Oops, problems with posting…….sorry everyone I was just trying to single-handedly make Todd #1 among all the bloggers.

What do we know about the Mets? Well, even with all their injuries last year, they showed that they could play infinitely better at home than they do on the road. In April, the Mets were given a schedule of 16 home games and only 7 road games. They are benefiting from an anomaly in MLB’s scheduling- 16 home games in April for a team in the North-eastern part of the country. The Phils, on the other hand, have had 16 road games. We’ll see how good this year’s Mets really are…

Clearly, Madson has deep-seeded childhood issues with chairs. Such a shame.
Oh, and that game I just saw….What the (insert favorite cuss word here)??!! Thank God April is OVER.


What a *******. This could be a killer, as it is obvious that Lidge and his 27.00 ERA after one appearance is not the answer at closer.

Guys like Durbin, Contreras , Herndon need to step up. Can’t feel sorry for themselves. ALL teams have injuries. And Lidge needs to be CLOSE to the Lidge of 2008. But first and foremost, they need to hit!

First of all, Madson you have to get strong and come back. Second, that guy Baez needs to go back where he came from. Third, what is wrong with the Phillies, all the players out there today looked like chickens with their heads cut off. Come on, are we not supposed to be the NL Champions, or did we win by luck. I don’t get it. I am not saying they should win every game but at least act like they are trying. I agree with RIcky Bo, the 1st game with the Mets is an embarassment, the guys out there are not the guys we fell in love with. What happened to the players who play to win, who put in all their effort win or lose, who play for fun. Ruben Amaro I have no idea what you are doing but giving Cliff Lee up, signing Howard now and depedning on Hamels is a big, big, big mistake. Though I am a Phillies fan all the way, it is heartbreaking to watch today’s game.

Phan, without a doubt one third of an inning in mop up duty during a blow out is a true indication of Lidge’s ability this year…..get a clue dude, it was just a chance to get his feet wet. Wait until he has pitched in a true save situation before ranting your anti-lidge crap

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