When news reached the public on Friday that Ryan Madson would be headed to the disabled list with a broken toe, the public and media alike suspected that Madson suffered the injury because of his own doing. In Madson's last appearance, against the Giants on Wednesday, he blew a save when he surrendered a run scoring single to Andres Torres.
Frustration has surely been building in Madson, as he has blown two saves and allowed earned runs in 4 of his 9 appearances. Madson's ERA is 7.00 and opponents are hitting .333 against him.
By Friday night, Phillies.com's Todd Zolecki confirmed every phan's suspicion. Madson kicked something and caused his own injury. From Zolecki's report...
Ryan Madson kicked a chair in frustration after he blew a save in the 10th inning on Wednesday in San Francisco. The chair won.
Madson claimed he is embarrassed by the incident, when he spoke to the media, on Friday. He should be. Madson is a professional, and while the poor outings that are bound to come during a season will bother anyone, the player who explodes and injures himself will long have a reputation for being irresponsible and careless. Madson added that he feels as though he has let the phans down. He has. Phans pay considerable money to see their team on the field competing. Just as the Phillies phaithful thought they were approaching a week when their team's bullpen might finally be at full strength after the return of Brad Lidge, who had been held back in 2010 recovering from off-season surgery, the news of Madson's immature outburst ruined that excitement.
While Madson's self-inflicted injury doesn't rank as the dumbest in baseball history (that honor probably goes to Milton Bradley, who torn his own ACL while arguing a call with an umpire), but it will very well go down in "the books" as one to remember for Philadelphia sports.
Perhaps next time Madson will attack the soft couches located in most team clubhouses. Or as an alternative, he could convert a scoreless inning and save everyone some time and worry.
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