Madson out eight weeks, Phillies fighting urgency

At this point, there isn't much the Phillies can do except wait and see what happens. That's the message general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. relayed today after head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan announced that set-up man Ryan Madson would miss a minimum of eight weeks with the broken toe he suffered kicking a chair in the wake of his second blown save of the season last week in San Francisco.

"It's a concern that he's out this long, there's no question about that," Amaro said. "It's a pretty major blow to our bullpen, there's no question about that. There's no two ways around it. Whether it changes the way we, or what our needs may be, or what we'll be looking for, we'll see. We'll see how things pan out. Obviously, it puts guys at different positions to do other things and puts guys in different roles perhaps, but we'll have to deal with it."

Madson, who underwent surgery today to place two pins in the injured toe, won't be able to put weight on his foot for two weeks. Not until four weeks, when the pins are expected to be removed, will he be able to put significant weight on the foot.

The Phillies will attempt to keep his arm strong through modified exercises, like throwing on the knees or from a chair. But it won't be until a month from now that the team will have a clearer idea of how quickly his rehab can progress.

"A lot depends on how fast can he progress weight-bearing activities after that four-week period," Sheridan said. "Obviously, we are going to try to keep his arm strong and those things. That's why we're saying a minimum of eight weeks right now."