Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Madson Out Two Months or More


On Tuesday, Phillies reliever Ryan Madson had successful surgery on his right great toe, that he injured in the wake of a blown save last week in San Francisco. Madson broke the toe by kicking a chair in frustration, as detailed in this article.

The procedure involved placing two pins in Madson's toe. The pins are expected to be removed in about 4 weeks, provided the healing process is on schedule. Early estimates have Madson missing at least 8 weeks, as he will not be able to put a significant amount of weight on the foot until the pins are removed.

The team plans to keep Madson's arm strong through modified exercises, like throwing from his knees or from a sitting position. A clear plan for physical rehabilitation will be available until Madson can resume putting weight on the foot.

General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke of Madson's situation's impact on the team, "Well, it's a concern he's out that long, there's no question about that. It's a pretty major blow to our bullpen."

Amaro Jr. also spoke of the effect Madson's absence will have on the Phillies' bullpen. "It puts guys in different roles perhaps, but we're going to have to deal with it", Amaro said. And perhaps as Madson's recovery time becomes more clear, Amaro Jr. will forced to consider making additions to the pitching staff the team otherwise would have not needed to make.

Speaking from personal experience, I had a similar break in my hand that required one pin. My recovery was lengthier than is being estimated here for Madson, and my hand is not weight bearing. Madson will need to execute plenty of therapy on his foot and lower leg after not using that part of his body for a stretch of time.

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