Ryan Madson to Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Miss Season

Ryan Madson to Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Miss Season

You never want to hear this kind of news about a pitcher, let alone a guy whose entire career is predicated on the drastic difference between his fastball and change-up.
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer (via MLBTradeRumors) is reporting that a ligament in Ryan Madson's right arm has been torn off the bone. The injury has Madson opting for Tommy John surgery, which, of course, will force him to miss the 2012 season.
Madson had been suffering from a sore pitching elbow throughout spring training, though it's now apparent he was dealing with more than the average aches and pains so common for pitchers in March.
The timing of this injury could not be worse for Madson, who failed to lock down a multi-year contract in free agency last year and, instead, opted for a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Reds so as to potentially test the market anew next season.
Rather than lobbying for the Jonathan Papelbon money he was reportedly shooting for this past winter, Madson will be negotiating his next contract as a pitcher coming off major surgery.
As for the team he's spent his entire career with, it's difficult to say whether Madson would have suffered this same fate had he worked out a deal with the Phils. In that sense, Buster Olney perhaps puts it best:

Lucky being the operative and (as we'll have to wait and see with Papelbon) relative word.
If there's good news, it's that pitchers coming off successful Tommy John surgeries can and have retained their pre-surgery velocity. The bad news, obviously, is that Madson's UCL is damaged. The hope, in this case, is that the surgery can repair the ligament to the point that any potential decreases in arm strength would come over time, as they naturally would, rather than being expedited.
Good luck in the recovery, Mad Dog. Be well.

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.