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Madson to miss season

Reds pitcher tears ligament in elbow

Associated Press / March 25, 2012
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Instead of closing for the Cincinnati Reds, Ryan Madson will miss the 2012 season because of a torn ligament in his right elbow.

Madson returned to Cincinnati from the team’s camp in Goodyear, Ariz., and was examined by team medical director Timothy Kremchek. The Reds said Saturday that Kremchek told general manager Walt Jocketty the ligament was torn from the bone of Madson’s right elbow.

Madson agreed in January to a one-year contract guaranteeing him $8.5 million, after a $44 million, four-year deal to stay with Philadelphia collapsed in November.

The 31-year-old closer reported discomfort in his elbow at the start of spring training but insisted it was an annual ailment that he had always worked through. He didn’t pitch in any exhibition games.

Madson pitched batting practice last Tuesday. “He looked very good on Tuesday. He felt some tightness the next day,’’ Jocketty said. “He felt fine all spring until lately.’’

Sean Marshall, obtained from the Cubs in December, becomes a leading candidate to close. Hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman also could be shifted to a bullpen role.

Surgery for Jones

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will miss the start of his farewell season.

Two days after Jones announced that this will be his final year, the Braves said he needs arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

The procedure will be performed Monday. Jones, 39, will open the season on the disabled list; general manager Frank Wren said Jones should return for the April 13 home opener.

Martin Prado, normally the team’s left fielder, will move to the infield until Jones returns.

Injury confirmed

Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed that reliever Joba Chamberlain dislocated his right ankle on a trampoline. Chamberlain was hurt while playing with his son Thursday at a spot in the Tampa area that had trampolines and related equipment.

General manager Brian Cashman visited Chamberlain in the hospital and said the 26-year-old pitcher told him he could be released from the medical facility this weekend. Chamberlain also told Cashman he could be back on a mound by July.

Morneau shines

Justin Morneau hit his first two spring training home runs in the Twins’ 19-4 rout of the Rays in Fort Myers, Fla. The 2006 AL MVP was limited to 81 games in 2010 and 69 last year due to concussion symptoms and operations on his neck, left wrist, left knee, and right foot. He entered Saturday 4 for 37 (.108) with two RBIs, but hit a two-run homer in the first and a three-run drive in the fourth, both off Jeremy Hellickson. The AL Rookie of the Year gave up 10 runs and 11 hits - including three home runs - in three innings. He entered having allowed seven runs and nine hits through his first seven innings . . . The Twins said minor league lefthander Aaron Thompson is facing a 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy. General manager Terry Ryan said the suspension involved “recreational drug use.’’ “We’re going to keep him. He’s just suspended without pay,’’ Ryan said of the 25-year-old former first-round pick. “When you got 160 kids - and this guy is not a kid - there is no excuse.’’ . . . The Astros said lefthander Sergio Escalona will have ligament-replacement surgery on his pitching elbow . . . The bail for Rays pitcher Matt Bush was set at more than $1 million on charges that he left the scene of an accident Thursday that seriously injured a 72-year-old motorcyclist in Punta Gorda, Fla.

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