The best-case scenario for Phillies reliever Ryan Madson's return from toe surgery is eight weeks, according to trainer Scott Sheridan.
"He had pins placed in his (big right) toe and everything went well, according to the surgeons," Sheridan said Tuesday afternoon. ""The way we have it right now is that in two weeks, he's going to see Dr. (Steven) Raikin again and get re-evaluated and we'll see where we're at. At four weeks, those pins will come out."
Madson, who fractured his toe when he kicked a chair in San Francisco after blowing his second save of a nine-game road trip April 28, will be in a protective boot and on crutches for at least the next two weeks.
"For right now, he'll be non-weight bearing for about two weeks and at the four-week period, hopefully, we can be a little more aggressive with his weight-bearing activities," Sheridan said. "Total time right now we're looking at is a minimum of eight weeks before Ryan is back. A lot will depend on when he's re-evaluated at the two and four-week marks and we see where things are at."
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro described the news as a major blow to the Phillies' bullpen.
"Well, it's a concern he's out that long, there's no question about that," Amaro said. "It's a pretty major blow to our bullpen."
Given that Madson could be out even longer than eight weeks, Amaro may be forced to get bullpen help before the July 31 trade deadline. Right now, however, the Phillies are simply trying to define bullpen roles.
"Whether it changes what our needs may be and what we'll be looking for, we'll see," Amaro said. "Obviously we have to put guys in other positions to do other things. It puts guys in different roles perhaps, but we're going to have to deal with it."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said before the game that Brad Lidge may be ready to return to the closer role because he was impressed with what he saw from the veteran reliever during his one-inning stint Monday night against St. Louis.
"I might use him (Tuesday) to close," Manuel said.