Madson to take physical today or tomorrow; Romero eligible for World Baseball Classic

Ryan Madson will take a physical either tonight or tomorrow, according to one source, at which point the Phillies will announce the new three-year deal that they have reached with the right-handed reliever. The physical, a formality, should be scheduled soon with team doctor Michael Ciccotti.

The Phillies now have the entire back end of their bullpen - Madson, J.C. Romero and closer Brad Lidge - signed through the 2010 season.

I still don't have concrete confirmation on the exact terms of the deal, but it is in the neighborhood of the three-year, $12 million deal he reportedly turned down just a couple of days ago.

Phillies lefthander J.C. Romero is eligible for the World Baseball Classic, despite his 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball, a league spokesman said today. Romero announced his intention to play for his native country of Puerto Rico before he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and put up a vehement public defense. But assuming Romero passes drug testing conducted by the International Baseball Federation, he will be eligible to play in the WBC.

At the time of the announcement of Romero's suspension two weeks ago, officials from the Phillies and Major League Baseball were unsure of the ramifications a positive drug test conducted by MLB would have on the World Baseball Classic.

Romero is eligible to play in spring training games. His suspension is for 50 regular season games.

Official rosters for the WBC are scheduled to be released today.