Ex-Phillie Madson to have Tommy John

If there was any doubt in the Phillies’ minds for opting to sign closer Jonathan Papelbon over Ryan Madson, they have been cleared.

Madson, who signed a one-year $8.5 million deal with the Reds after the Phillies went out and spent the big money on Papelbon, won’t even throw a pitch for Cincinatti.

Madson injured his right elbow on Thursday, tearing the ligament completely off the bone. He will have Tommy John surgery and will miss all of 2012.

The Reds don’t even have insurance on Madson’s contract, which is the rule with one-year deals.

“You don’t like it. We know the problem. Now, we’ve got to come up with the solution. It’s how you handle disappointments,” said Reds manager Dusty Baker on trying to find a replacement closer this close to the season.

It’s certainly a bad break for the Reds, and for Madson himself. Madson’s agent Scott Boras couldn’t find the closer a long-tern deal and he was hoping to use this season to prove that he is a legitimate closer and could lock himself up a long term deal.

But now, his big pay day may never come as Tommy John surgery at the age of 31 is a big deal.

“I feel terrible for him because he feels terrible,” Baker said.

But as the Phillies, you have to feel a bit relieved for making the right choice, granted wishing injury on Madson would never be an option.

Good luck to Madson and a speedy recovery so his career isn’t in jeopardy.


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