Ryan Madson to DL, Andrew Carpenter Up

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 28, 2011 04:30 PM | Comments: 13
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UPDATE, 4:30 pm: Charlie Manuel said they will play wait and see when it comes to who the closer will be tonight and for the near future while Ryan Madson is out. He gave Antonio Bastardo a slight edge over Mike Stutes, but said it could ultimately come down to matchups.

If Stutes is called upon, he said he will relish the opportunity. “It’s what you play for. You play to pitch against guys like David Ortiz…those are the guys you want to be facing.”

Originally posted 12:23 pm, Tuesday:

In a press release from the Phillies:

Phillies right-hander Ryan Madson was placed on the 15-day disabled list today with a right hand contusion, retroactive to June 19, Senior Vice President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced.  To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, right-hander Andrew Carpenter had his contract selected from triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Madson, 30, is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 31 games for the Phillies this season.  He has converted 15 of his 16 save opportunities while striking out 34 batters over 31.0 innings (9.87 SO/9.0 IP).  Madson is holding opposing hitters to a .230 average (26-113), including a .167 average with runners in scoring position (4-24), while 26 of his 31 appearances have been scoreless (84%).

Carpenter has gone 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA in 24 games for Lehigh valley this season and has not allowed a run over his last eight appearances (13.1 innings).  The 26-year-old has surrendered just 34 hits and nine walks over 45.2 innings this season (0.94 WHIP), while striking out 51 (10.05 SO/9.0 IP).  In five career appearances with the Phillies, including one start, Carpenter is 1-1 with a 9.31 ERA in 9.2 innings.

Plain and simply, this is terrible news. Madson has been a rock in the bullpen all season, and while he shouldn’t miss very much time (he’s eligible to come off July 4) it makes an already thin ‘pen paper thin.

Here is your Phillies bullpen as it stands with the promotion of Carpenter: Bastardo, Stutes, Baez, Herndon, Mathieson, Juan Perez, Andrew Carpenter. As David Hale pointed out on his twitter account, Of the 12 pitchers on the active roster, 8 have spent time in the minors within the last year, 5 within the last 45 days.

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  • Posts: 5320 Lefty

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    Not good, but-
    I think the fact they made it retroactive is a good sign, that they believe he will be back sooner rather than later. And it gives them an opportunity to add another pitcher for the 7 days he will be out.

    • Posts: 0 John Davis

      Amen Brother, Amen. Ryan Madson is the heart & soul of the team as far as I’m concerned.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    it is almost impossible for me to get worried about the phillies at this point. they’re so good and so far and away the best team in the NL that almost nothing matters. cruise control. its the same here as with the oswalt injury. as long as we have him come september, its all gonna be all right

  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    I cant help but worry if the Red Sox get to our pen.
    Relying on Baez & Herndon gives me gas…

    I am surprised an offer has not gone out to Romero to reconsider signing – this is a mess.

    • Posts: 5320 Lefty

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      Dollar Dog night gives you gas, these are actual heart palpitations.

  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    It’s crazy that our three closers (Lidge, Contreras, and Madson) are all on the DL at the same time! Everything should be OK after the AS break, though.

  • Posts: 26 jeff y

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    JC has sucked for the last 2 years. We need our starters to pitch old school complete games for the next 2 weeks.

  • Posts: 0 tavian

    The bullpen may be in shambles, but I feel we need a solid right handed bat even more. I believe the bullpen will correct itself after the all-star break, but our hitting will continue to suffer especially against lefties.

  • Posts: 0 JohnHoz

    All the more reason for the offense to kick it up a notch and be more consistent.

  • Posts: 65 Jonathan Nisula

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    One word to sum up my feelings: Ugh.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    $20 says Josh Beckett leaves tonights game with a blister

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Yikes i saw that coming Madson to DL. Im not particularly fond of Carpenter either. Just 34 hits in 45 innings. I wouldnt say “Just” 34 hits lol..Our entire bullpen consists of rookies I still consider Bastardo a rookie Perez , Baez an Herndon. Although Herndon has shown improvement of late.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I would have to say Mathieson has to step it up. I remember when he was suppose to be the next Billy Wagner but injuries messed up his career an set him back

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