The Phillies bullpen just got even thinner.
Ryan Madson, who has served as closer for much of the season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right hand. The move is retroactive to June 19, which means Madson could return July 4.
Madson last pitched June 18. He has a 2.03 ERA with 15 saves.
Antonio Bastardo likely becomes the new closer. He'll be the fourth pitcher to hold that role since the beginning of spring training. Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras and now Madson have all spent time on the disabled list.
Who should be the Phillies’ closer until Ryan Madson returns?
Righthander Andrew Carpenter was added to the 25-man roster. Since moving to the bullpen during the spring, Carpenter has been impressive. He has a 1.58 ERA in 45 2/3 innings with a sparkling 51:9 strikeout to walk ratio.
The Phillies bullpen now features five pitchers (Mike Stutes, Scott Mathieson, Juan Perez, Andrew Carpenter, David Herndon) who have spent time at triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.
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