Spring Training has officially begun for Ryan Madson. Today he is holding an open throwing session for teams to see what type of talent he still has. The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the teams interested in Madson, but will the former Phillie be able to impress his former team?
Madson hasn’t pitched since 2011, and when he left the Phillies he was signed as the Cincinnati Reds‘ closer. Unfortunately before the season started he had to get Tommy John surgery, so the Reds did not want to take the risk of keeping him for another season.
The Los Angeles Angels took a risk last season thinking that Madson would throw, but once again he never stepped foot in a game after he had a few setbacks during his rehab. Will that effect the Phillies decision?
I don’t think it should. The Phillies need relievers in their bullpen. If Madson is pitching close to what he was in 2011 they need to sign him. With Jonathan Papelbon being shaky at times it would be nice to have a backup closer as well.
Madson proved that he could be a closer when he had an ERA of 2.37 in 2011. He saved 32 games in 34 opportunities and also managed to win four games.
Hopefully Madson can make a lasting impression. He would certainly help his old team.