Originally posted on Speculative Sports  |  Last updated 3/25/12

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 Tommy John surgery is imminent.

He had appeared to be a steal during the offseason when the Reds were able to pick him up for just $8.5 million (one-year deal). For the Philadelphia Phillies last season he saved 32 games, recorded just two blown saves, struck out 62 and had an ERA of 2.37.

There is no telling just yet what the team will do at closer. Sean Marshall will likely get the nod for now until the team either brings in someone or another pitcher steps up.

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