The Reds signed longtime Philadelphia reliever Ryan Madson to be their closer at a price tag of $8.5 million. He was slated to make his first appearance of the spring on Thursday, but experienced a setback following Tuesday’s simulated game. According to John Fay of Cincinnati.com, the Reds are being tight-lipped about Madson’s status. Fay [...]

The Phillies activated reliever Ryan Madson from the disabled list on Friday for the weekend series against the Mets. Madson had been sidelined with a hand injury since mid-June. He was recalled following a one-inning rehab outing at Class-A Clearwater. Madson reclaims the closer role for the first-place Phillies. Antonio Bastardo returns to the setup [...]

Brad Lidge started his rehab assignment on Monday night for Double-A Reading. Lidge retired the side in order and his velocity reached the low-90s. For the time being, Antonio Bastardo remains the closer in Philadelphia while Lidge, Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras are on the mend. Madson will begin his rehabilitation assignment on Wednesday.