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