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Aroldis Chapman may be headed back to the Cincinnati Reds’ bullpen following the loss of closer Ryan Madson, who underwent season ending Tommy John surgery last week. Madson signed a one year deal with the Reds this offseason to serve as the team’s closer, but he will not get the opportunity to make an appearance in even one regular season game for Cincinnati in 2012.
That means that the Reds will likely remain within the organization to select a new closer for the upcoming 2012 MLB season.
Chapman was slated to serve as a starting pitcher in the Reds’ rotation this season, but that may not happen. The plan has always been to stretch him out as a starter, according to general manager Walt Jocketty. But manager Dusty Baker has always wanted to keep Chapman in his bullpen. Either way, Chapman would still be the unlikely choice to close out games for the Reds this season, meaning the team could hand over the reins to another player they acquired this past offseason.
The Reds made a trade with fellow National League Central rivals, the Chicago Cubs, for Sean Marshall, who has been one of the best relievers in all of baseball over the past couple of seasons. Granted, he has served as a set-up relief pitcher, and becoming a closer does not always transition as well. Although it did work out well for Madson last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, who was promoted as set-up man to closer in the absence of injured incumbent closer, Brad Lidge.
Marshall was signed to a lucrative three year contract extension worth $16.5 million to serve as the set-up man for Madson, but he may be counted on as the closer now. In all likelihood, that would leave Chapman to serve as Marshall’s set-up man in the late innings.
If that scenario does not play out well for the Reds, who fully expect to contend for a division crown in 2012, the team could consider going with a closer-by-committee approach also involving Nick Masset, or go out and make a trade with another team as the season progresses.
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The Ryan Madson affair isnt a case of crying over spilled milk for the Cincinnati Reds, it is a case of crying over spoiled milk.
It is if somebody paid for a half gallon of milk in a convenience store and when they opened it for consumption it was spoiled.
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After experiencing elbow soreness for much of spring training, Ryan Madson and the Cincinnati Reds received the news they dreaded most on Saturday. The closer will miss the entire 2012 season after he undergoes Tommy John surgery. That's $8.5-million down the drain, but presents an opportunity for fantasy owners.
Sean Marshall is the top candidate to replace Madson. The Chicago...
Reds closer Ryan Madson will miss the entire 2012 season with a torn ligament in his pitching elbow which will require Tommy John surgery, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Madson signed a one-year $8.5mm deal with the Reds after his four-year $44mm deal with the Phillies fell through.
Sean Marshall who was acquired from the Cubs this offseason, appears set to take over...
Well this is devastating news. According to Ken Rosenthall, FB365 favorite Ryan Madson is going to have TJ surgery. If he was part of your plans, go get Sean Marshall, if he wasn't, then you have nothing to worry about. If you were me, you have him in two leagues and needed to hit the waiver wire before you start writing an article about it. So before Cactus and Grapefruit league...
Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson will miss the entire 2012 season because of a torn ligament in his right elbow.Madson had discomfort in his elbow at the start of spring training and didn't pitch in any exhibition games.The 31-year-old signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Reds in January.Madson saved 32 games in 34 opportunities for the Philadelphia Phillies...
The only proper response to a Cincinnati Reds fan upon hearing this news is of the four-letter variety.
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Tough break for the Cincinnati Reds and their new closer Ryan Madson who will miss the 2012 season because of Tommy John surgery.
Following an examination in Cincinnati on Saturday morning, the club announced that Madson’s elbow ligament had torn completely off the bone.
Madson never got to pitch in any Spring Training games, and because he was signed to a one-year, $8.5 million...
If you listen to some accounts, the Phillies were “that close” to signing Ryan Madson to a four year, $44 million dollar contract last fall.
Madson denies it, but at the time, there was as much talk of Jonathan Papelbon as their was Ryan Madson,
Madson never signed the deal and the Phillies inked Papelbon to a four year, $50 million contract...
The Cincinnati Reds are looking to be in the thick of the pennant race in the National League Central this season. Doing so will be a little bit tougher after the loss of their closer, Ryan Madson, for the season.
Madson flew to Cincinnati to have his elbow examined on Thursday. What the doctor discovered is that the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow had torn off the bone meaning...
According to John Fay of the Cincinatti Enquirer, Ryan Madson will have Tommy John surgery. He says the "ligament was torn off the bone."
The newest toy the Reds received this off-season was closer Ryan Madson, however, now he will be out of service for the entire 2012 season. His elbow injury was reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay. The former Phillies reliever signed to the Reds to a patented Scott Boras’ type one-year, show-me-what-you-got contracts at $8.5
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Aroldis Chapman had his best outing of spring training, giving up four hits over five innings to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday in a game between split squads.
With a fastball that reached 98 mph, Chapman struck out five. He walked one in a 78-pitch effort.
Jay Bruce, Miguel Cairo and Paul Janish each had two...
The hits just keep on coming. Per Ken Rosenthal, Ryan Madson is the latest pitcher to need Tommy John surgery, and will be lost for the 2012 season. The falling dominos will push Sean Marshall into the closer’s role with the Reds, and Aroldis Chapman will move back to the bullpen to replace Marshall in the vacated lefty setup role.
Obviously, this is lousy news for both Madson...