Ryan Madson Injury: Cincinnati Reds Lose Free-Agent Closer To Torn Ligament

The Cincinnati Reds made a nice—if expensive—upgrade to their bullpen in the offseason, when they replaced aging free-agent closer Francisco Cordero with Ryan Madson, available from the Philadelphia Phillies on a one-year contract after just missing the mega-millions. Now Ryan Madson's injured, out for the season after Reds doctors discovered a ligament tear that will have to be repaired by means of "Tommy John" elbow surgery.

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Over the last two seasons Madson, 31, had thrown 114 innings with an ERA of 2.45, striking out 126 batters against 18 unintentional walks. He's a great pitcher, and the Reds will be hard-pressed to replace him. SB Nation's Reds blog, Red Reporter, is already investigating the knock-on effects—they think this could keep Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen, among other things.

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Of course, they're also just venting. I think this Office GIF, taken from their comments section, is a reasonable summation of their response:

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I'm not the type to gloat after another team's player gets injured anyway, but even if you are I think the average Cardinals fan is still a little too worried about Chris Carpenter's injury to go a-trolling. Thankfully.

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