Madson to DL, Carpenter Called Up

The Phillies are onto their fourth closer in 2011.

They opened Spring Training with Brad Lidge in that role, but he got hurt. They moved onto Jose Contreras and Ryan Madson during the season. Madson has had an outstanding year, but the Phillies placed him on the 15-day disabled list today because of a bruised right hand. The Phillies called up right-hander Andrew Carpenter to take his place in the bullpen, although Antonio Bastardo is a candidate to close.

Madson injured his hand May 20 when a ball struck him during a game with the Texas Rangers. He continued to pitch, but complained of pain on occasion. He received a cortisone injection Friday.

Madson, 30, is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 31 games this season. He has converted 15 of 16 save opportunities and has struck out 34 batters over 31 innings. Carpenter, 26, is 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA in 24 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He has not allowed a run over his last eight appearances (13 1/3 innings).

10 Comments

Madson eligible to come off DL on the 4th. Hopefully no structural damage to his hand.

UGH! Let’s hope his return is our day of Independence.

Damn, what a pussy. He bruised his hand on May 20th and NOW he’s going on the DL. Thank god he didn’t have a hangnail

Coming from a troll-fan of the biggest wuss in MLB- Jason Heyward, whom even Chipper called out in the media- that’s a joke.

yeah, Reef, what a pussy, pitching threw numbness in his pitching hand….unlike your guys. BTW, where are all the people who were badmouthing Lee earlier in the season? I would love to see us shut out the BoSox the entire serries, which is possible given the rotation.

With the emergence of the kids in the Pen, guess we may be able to spend some cash to get that bat afterall, just Jettison Blanton if needed-don’t they have insurance on his salary if he’s on DL?

I don’t think insurance is prevalent as one would believe. It is my understanding that there are more hoops to jump through than are obvious. Besides, it is also my understanding it is not cheap. All things considered, My I guess is the insurability of Blanton is marginal based on a cost-benefit analysis and the Phillies opted not to do so for budget considerations. Of course this all gets back to the question, why did Junior sign this guy for so much and for so long in the first place?

because hindsight is great. no one could have known we would have Lee, Halladay, Oswalt, Worley, etc this year, nor that he’d be hurt. Am I correct that he’s off the books at the end of the year?

So, Madson pitched in 13 games after what the Phillies are calling the “initial blow” on May 20 that would eventually send him to the DL. Does anybody besides me think that maybe he punched a wall or something?
Given his temper and chair-kicking history, is it out of the question to think that something else happened that they aren’t disclosing – or don’t know about?
The story smells, is all, and I think there is something more to this than what we are hearing.

Jeeze muleman. You don’t trust anyone, do you? His “chair-kicking history”? That happened once. And every player tries to play through pain. Something I don’t always agree with. More often than not, it aggravates the problem. Which seems to be the case, here.

There is also video evidence of when Madson got hit by the ball.

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