Madson Kicks Chair, Breaks Toe
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.