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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.

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Papelbon: Philly fans more knowledgeable than Boston fans

Well if this isn’t gonna make the Phillies/Red Sox series in May any more interesting then I don’t know what will:

“The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball,” Jonathan Papelbon said in an interview with 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team. “The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played.”

Yup, Papelbon pretty much said that Phillies fans are smarter than Red Sox fans.

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The Perfect Season: Lidge will always be defined by 2008

Brad Lidge, who like Tugger, will be remembered for his iconic celebration to close the final game of only the 2nd championship in 130 years of Phillies baseball. ( Schwalm)

The phrase “what have you done for me lately” has become somewhat of an anthem for Philadelphia fans.

And rightfully so it may seem, the sense of nostalgia and gratitude come to mind when referencing some of Philadelphia’s most notable athletes.

A little over three years ago, though recent, hardly counts under “lately” but in the case of Brad Lidge, it doesn’t really matter.

What Lidge did during the 2008 season, especially in the closing month of October, will always define his four-year tenure in Philadelphia, regardless how the final three years here played out.

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BREAKING: Phillies sign closer Papelbon

Big pat on the back to Jim Salisbury with this homer of a news break.

More details will follow from our own Chris Bengel shortly. Please stay tuned!

Lidge nearing first minor league appearence

RHP Brad Lidge (David Maialetti /Philly Inquirer)

Remember this guy? Brad Lidge says he is nearing his first minor league stint, good news for the righty and certainly good news for the depth of the Phillies bull pen.

Lidge feels his partially torn rotator cuff is well enough for him to begin a rehab assignment.

“Honestly,” Lidge said, “my shoulder right now feels like nothing ever happened.”

Though Lidge is optimistic, it will all depend on how much faith GM Ruben Amaro, manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee will have in Lidge for they will be the guys signing off on his innings and assignments.

But if Lidge doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he is hopeful to be back by the end of July. By then, the Phils will be hopeful their two injured relievers Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras along with starter Joe Blanton are back. With those guys possibly back, it will be interesting to see who Lidge replaces.

The Phils have gotten a lot of great innings from lefty Antonio Bastardo and righty Michael Stutes, their two youngest arms in the pen with the brightest futures.

For now, Lidge has to get that assignment. Time will tell on the rest.

Expect Ryan Madson to Be the Closer of the Future

Ryan Madson is finally turning the corner as the future closer for the Phillies. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2010 was a rough year for Ryan Madson. He had five blown saves in ten opportunities; he had blown his first shot at being a closer in the league, and had broken his toe by kicking a chair in frustration.

To add insult to injury, Charlie Manuel assigned Jose Contreras as the closer over Madson before this season when Brad Lidge went on the DL.

The media suggested that Madson did not have the “closer’s mentality” necessary to be a closer in the league, which is why Manuel picked Contreras instead of Madson.

The 2011 season has been a complete turnaround for Madson. In just the month of May, he already has just as many saves (5) as he did last year. He has a WHIP of .93 and an even lower ERA (.60). He has 18 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched, and he has given up one run so far this season on just nine hits. Read more of this post