PHOENIX - APRIL 24: Relief pitcher Ryan Madson #46 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on April 24, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phillies defeated the Diamondbacks 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ryan Madson Out Eight Weeks After Surgery On Self-Inflicted Broken Toe

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Ryan Madson Out Eight Weeks After Surgery

Ryan Madson had surgery Tuesday on his broken toe and will now be out at least eight weeks, according to Ryan Lawrence, Phillies beat writer for the Delco Times.

As a fill-in for Brad Lidge, Madson struggled in nine games. He allowed 13 hits and three walks in nine innings of work. He did strike out 10 batters, though, as one positive before his injury.

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Ryan Madson Set To Have Surgery On Self-Inflicted Broken Toe

Ryan Madson broke his toe after kicking a chair following a frustrating appearance on the mound. That's enough to make anyone feel stupid. This is more than enough.

Madson will have toe surgery tomorrow. Timetable to return unknown.

Toe surgery generally isn't the most complicated or significant of surgeries, but it's looking like Madson will be out for longer than was originally estimated. In the meantime, the Phillies will have to keep leaning on Jose Contreras while they hope that Brad Lidge can get himself comfortable in a hurry. Theirs is a bullpen that's lacking in the way of strikeout stuff.

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Broken Toe Forces Ryan Madson To Disabled List

The Phillies were hoping that they'd have their entire bullpen together after activating Brad Lidge earlier on Friday. Unfortunately, it was not to be, as Ryan Madson's taking Lidge's place on the DL:

Ryan Madson placed on the 15-day DL with a broken right great toe. LHP Antonio Bastardo recalled from Triple-A.

Madson evidently injured his toe after blowing a save but still getting a win on Wednesday. In the early going, the Phillies' stand-in closer had struck out ten batters in nine innings, but allowed 16 baserunners and seven runs. One of his two blown saves resulted in a loss.

Lidge comes up after undergoing offseason elbow and knee surgeries. Over eight minor league rehab appearances, he struck out eight and walked four in 8.2 innings. Bastardo, meanwhile, comes right back after getting demoted to make room for Lidge.

Check the Phillies fan reaction over at The Good Phight.

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