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).