The severity of Ryan Madson's broken right big toe was confirmed just moments ago by the beat writers.
Madson is expected to miss eight weeks recovering from a complex fracture of the toe, according to reports. Madson underwent surgery to insert pins into the toe today and the Phillies have declared the surgery a success. The immediate impact is that Brad Lidge and J.C. Romero's own recovery could be hurried along as the Phillies try to make ends meet in the back of the bullpen, while the adjustment period for veteran Jose Contreras, who has pitched sparingly recently, has suddenly become shorter. Pitching help is generally unobtainable in early May and assistant GM Scott Proefrock has already suggested to the Inquirer that the Phillies intend to get by with what they have for now, noting that he believes Lidge and Romero are 100 percent healthy, although Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel has taken a cautious approach with both. Madson (7.00 ERA) had saved four and blown two before taking out his aggression on a chair, but his ability to pitch late in games and in multiple innings makes him difficult to replace.
Madson's recovery coincides with the toughest part of the Phillies' schedule, including interleague play. Expect more of the same wildly varied results until players start coming off the shelf. As for Madson, what can the Phillies realistically expect? It's entirely possible that he will become a non-factor for the Phillies this season.
(Editor's note: This isn't Ryan Madson's broken right toe, but I bet it looks similar. Imagine a big muttonhead attached to it, and it's Madson. The next time you want to unload on a chair, use a taser, big boy.)