Phillies 'keeping an eye' on Ryan Madson

Phillies 'keeping an eye' on Ryan Madson
February 7, 2014, 10:45 am
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Ryan Madson injured his shoulder during 2012's spring training and hasn't pitched either of the last two seasons. (USA Today Images)

Free agent reliever Ryan Madson will throw for scouts in Arizona today.

A number of teams are expected to peek in.

The Phillies have a number of scouts who live out West. Will they send one of them to watch Madson’s workout?

“I’m sure we will,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Amaro admitted that the Phillies have been “keeping an eye” on Madson.

Madson, 33, was a bullpen stalwart for the Phillies on five straight NL East championship clubs from 2007 to 2011. His emergence as a top setup man was a huge key in the club’s World Series title in 2008. Three seasons later, he rose to the closer job and saved 32 games.

Madson became a free agent after the 2011 season. He and the Phillies could not come to terms on a deal and the right-hander moved on to Cincinnati after the Phils signed Jonathan Papelbon. Madson injured his elbow in spring training 2012 and has not pitched the last two seasons.

A number of teams have interest in Madson. He would likely have to sign a minor-league contract to prove his health and effectiveness.