Here are some quotes from the Reds and others about the season-ending elbow injury for closer Ryan Madson:
“Praying for my teammate #RyanMadson…We are here w/ you bossman! Tough pill to swallow but our pitching staff will pick you up.” — Brandon Phillips on Twitter
“It’s never good for anybody when you’re closer is out for the year like that. We just have to come together as a team and take care of business without him. I hope he gets better soon.” — Reds RHP Logan Ondrusek
“I talked to Ryan in the outfield here recently during BP and he was excited about the year. I got to know him. I love the guy. He’s a great pitcher and a competitor. It’s disappointing, obviously, for him. It’s terrible. … We’re plenty deep with our bullpen. All of our guys are capable in terms with how it goes. We’ve got options. It’s a good thing to have. Obviously we’d like to have Madson locked into his role. It’s not the end of the world. We have to go with the guys we have. We have plenty of talent.” — Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan
Over in Phillies camp, where Madson used to pitch, MLB.com reporter Todd Zolecki wrote that LHP Cole Hamels’ head dropped the moment he heard Madson needed Tommy John surgery. “That’s terrible,” Hamels said. “That’s terrible.”
“You don’t like it. There’s nothing we can do about it now. We know the problem. Now we have to come up with a solution. You can’t solve the problem right now. In life period, it’s how you handle disappointments and how you adjust and how you handle adversity. It’s a sign of a champion.” — Reds manager Dusty Baker
“I feel sorry for him. I don’t want to see anybody get Tommy John, especially Madson. I pull for Madson. I want him to do good.” — Phillies manager Charlie Manuel
“I think everybody feels for him. Obviously, with the way we know he can throw the ball and everything, it’s just tough. It’s tough losing a player like that. You know how bad he must feel right now. Hopefully he knows we’re all behind him. We definitely wish him the best and wish it wouldn’t have happened.” — Reds RHP Homer Bailey
*Bronson Arroyo certainly had an interesting pitching line last night vs. SD: 4.0 ip, 6 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 K. For a dude that only walked 45 guys all last season, the five walks was the most unusual. Arroyo gave up four runs in the first inning.
“Real unusual,” Arroyo said. “I’ve been trying to work on this sinker. It has great movement but I’m having a hard time keeping it around the plate it’s moving so much. It’s a different grip. It always moves, which is great. But it moves a lot. I’m having a hard time telling myself to throw the ball over the middle of the plate and let it run to the outer half. I’m so used to throwing to the outer half and letting it move a little bit.”
The new sinker Arroyo is tinkering with is the same one-seam sinker that Mike Leake uses.
*Speaking of Leake, he is pitched 6 innings today in a Minor League intrasquad scrimmage on a back field.