Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, March 25, 2012 07:00 PM Comments: 30
Chase Utley!!!! He was not in the clubhouse, surprise surprise, earlier as the team spoke with reporters. He did, however, hold a mini ‘presser’ and addressed some things. Utley spoke to reporters and said he would not be ready for Opening Day and didn’t have a time table for his return. He still thinks he can contribute this season and laughed at the rumor he was retiring.
As hard as this spring has been with injuries for the Phillies it seems they finally caught a break. Ryan Madson looks to miss the entire 2012 season after the Reds announced their new closer has torn his elbow ligament clean off the bone. The Cincinnati closer is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery soon to repair it.
I have never been one to wish harm on anyone and this is an awful situation for Madson and the Reds but, whew, I am pleased it happened after he left the Phillies. There was a lot of back and forth with Madson after the season ended. One morning I woke up reading that he would be the Phillies closer only to then find out Rube signed Jonathan Papelbon. It’s just crazy how some things work out. Best of luck to him after the surgery.