Cincinnati Reds closer Ryan Madson will have season-ending surgery to repair the ligament in his right elbow, four months after his four-year $44 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies collapsed.
Madson, 31, agreed in January to a one-year Major League Baseball contract guaranteeing $8.5 million with the Reds. His negotiations with the Phillies ended in November after the National League team signed Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year $50 million deal.
Madson reported pain in his elbow at the start of spring training and dismissed it as an annual discomfort. He didn’t pitch any exhibition games. After throwing for batting practice five days ago, he experienced tightness in his elbow.
“He obviously feels terrible about it,” Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty said on the team’s website. “He felt fine all spring until recently. After his last session the other day, it got real tight. Even before he left yesterday, he said he felt fine. Obviously, he wasn’t.”
Dr. Timothy Kremchek, the team medical director, told Jocketty yesterday that bleeding made it appear that the tear was recent. No date was set for the so-called Tommy John surgery.
Madson saved 32 games in 34 chances last year for the Phillies and was to have replaced Francisco Cordero as the Reds’ closer.
“You feel terrible for him because he feels terrible,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “There’s nothing we can do about it now. We know the problem. Now we have to come up with a solution.”
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