Bullpen Report: It's Ryan Madson time! 

April, 25, 2011
Even as I watched Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay overpower the San Diego Padres on Sunday afternoon, and in the late innings the camera panned to the team's quiet bullpen, I wasn't aware that closer Jose Contreras was hurt. In fact, the broadcasters never mentioned it. All they discussed was the fact the 39-year-old Cuban was wearing a watch, but was supposedly available to pitch.

Of course, about five minutes after lefty Antonio Bastardo saved Halladay's win with a one -pitch save, the news was out that Contreras was indeed hurt, and will be wearing that watch somewhere other than the bullpen the next few weeks. Contreras is being examined in Philadelphia on Monday for a strained flexor pronator tendon in his pitching elbow, and if it sounds ugly, it probably is. Perhaps Contreras returns to pitching when his 15-day disabled list stint is up, or maybe he and original closer Brad Lidge hit the beach together this summer.

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It's no secret that Ryan Madson has had trouble closing in the past. While his overall blown saves are blown out of proportion because some of them came while in setup duty, and others in his career infancy, he is officially 16-for-23 in more of the "standard" save situations (coming in the ninth inning or later), a pretty low save percentage. And you know what? I don't care. Yes, these are human beings, and some pitchers are just not meant to be closers, but I can't buy that with Madson, arguably one of the top five setup men in the game. His stuff is nasty, and other than that bout with a chair last year (he kicked out, fracturing his toe), he also has been durable.