Friday, April 30, 2010

Lidge returns, Madson to DL

Just in time for Brad Lidge's return from the DL, Ryan Madson has been placed on the 15-day DL with a broken toe. The injury occurred after Madson's blown save on Wednesday. He claims he fell down a flight of stairs and kicked a metal chair. He had trouble walking the next morning and realized the injury was worse than he'd originally thought.

Apparently, the only thing Madson's found more difficult than walking this season has been retiring batters. It would have been nice to see Lidge return to the closer role and Madson slide back into the set-up position to which he's better suited; all that contingent on Lidge pitching better than he did in 2009 of course.

Antonio Bastardo, who'd been optioned to Triple-A to make room for Lidge, was recalled.

Joe Blanton will need a spot on the roster as he prepares to return next week. Nelson Figueroa, Kyle Kendrick or Bastardo will be the odd man out.

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