The Cincinnati Reds have announced that closer Ryan Madson will require Tommy John’s surgery and will miss the entire 2012 season. Yesterday, Madson was flown back to Cincy to have his arm examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek and the news couldn’t be worse for the Reds.
Madson was considered one of the steals of the offseason by most when he inked a one-year, $8.5-million contract in the wake of other high-profile closers getting deals worth much more. Now it will be all for naught as Madson will be out the entire year and will have to re-enter the free agent market next winter coming off an injury.
Over the last two seasons, Madson has become one of the very best relievers in baseball posting back-to-back seasons of sub-3.00 xFIPs and excellent K/Bb ratios.
With Madson out, the Reds will likely turn to their other high-profile offseason acquisition Sean Marshall to close out games. It may also mean that Aroldis Chapman, who is being stretched out to start games, may end up being put back in the bullpen to fill in the gap. Luckily for the Reds, they have some rotation depth with Homer Bailey and Jeff Francis fighting for the final spot.