Predicted by some to win the NL Central Pennant, the Cincinnati Reds will have to deal without there closer, Ryan Madson who has been lost for the entire season due to injury.
Madson had started spring training feeling discomfort in the elbow, but though it was the usual pain felt when starting up a new season and getting his arm back into game shape. However, the discomfort came and went before he had it checked out after feeling more tightness after a batting practice session.
Currently due to a torn ligament in Madson’s elbow, he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery, which has around a one-year recovery and rehab time period.
Now, the Reds will have to come up with a plan ‘B’ with the start of the season just a week and a half away.
”We talked to the team. We all have to stay positive,” GM Walt Jocketty said. ”We have alternatives internally that we will sort through in the next few days.”
Sean Marshall is expected to take over as the teams closer for now with starting pitcher Aroldis Chapman moving back to the bullpen.
Madson was a free agent after pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011, he then signed an $8.5 million one-year contract with the Reds.