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Ryan Madson | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/28/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 9 (0) / PHI
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Ryan Madson allowed two runs on three hits in an inning of work, but did pick up his first save as a National.
They're the first runs Madson has allowed as a member of the Washington organization. He allowed the first two batters to reach, and after striking out Cesar Hernandez, he gave up a two-run single to Nick Williams to make it 3-2. He was able to settle down and get the next two outs and give the Nationals the win. Sep 10 - 4:03 PM

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Nationals activated RHP Ryan Madson from the 10-day disabled list.

Madson has been out for the last few weeks with an inflamed tendon sheath in the knuckle of his right index finger. It's not clear whether he's ready to pitch at this point. He's tossed nine scoreless innings with a 13/1 K/BB ratio since joining the Nats.
Sep 1 - 5:00 PM

Ryan Madson (finger) is expected to be ready well in advance of the postseason after visiting a hand specialist in Arizona.

The specialist determined that Madson is dealing with an inflamed tendon sheath in the knuckle of his right index finger. He'll have to be shut down for a bit in order to get the inflammation out of there, but the diagnosis is about as good as the Nationals could've hoped for. Madson has tossed nine scoreless innings with a 13/1 K/BB ratio since joining the Nats.
Aug 25 - 1:46 PM

Ryan Madson (finger) is flying to Arizona for a medical examination.

Madson was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right index finger on August 17. He attempted to play catch on Saturday, but was unable to do so without pain. Clarification as to the severity of his injury and a potential timetable for his return should come following his examination.
Aug 23 - 6:00 PM

Ryan Madson tried to play catch on Saturday but still felt pain in his sprained index finger.

He was hoping to return when first eligible next week but that seems unlikely now. With Madson on the shelf, Brandon Kintzler will handle setup work ahead of closer Sean Doolittle.
Aug 19 - 6:29 PM

Nationals placed RHP Ryan Madson on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right finger.

Shawn Kelley was activated in the corresponding move. The move was made retroactive to Monday and the Nats are hoping to have Madson back when first-eligible next week. The right-hander sports a perfect 0.00 ERA over nine relief outings since coming over in a trade with the Athletics last month.
Aug 17 - 7:43 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday morning that Ryan Madson is having a problem with a finger on his throwing hand.

It's more serious than a blister. "We're analyzing it now," Baker told reporters ahead of Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the visiting Angels. Madson, acquired from the Athletics on July 16, has worked nine scoreless innings with Washington but might need an extended break.
Aug 16 - 11:29 AM

Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless eighth inning in a tie game Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Madson has pitched the eighth inning in both of his appearances since being acquired by the Nationals. He still could end up with saves if Sean Doolittle gets hurt (always possible) or struggles (seemingly less likely), but he seems to be the clear No. 2 choice at the moment.
Jul 22 - 1:22 AM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said on Fantasy Sports Radio on SiriusXM on Monday morning that Ryan Madson was the team's initial target with the Athletics before the deal was expanded to include Sean Doolittle.

The Nationals haven't decided who will close following the trade, but it's something for fantasy owners to think about as they weigh who to pick up in the back-end of this bullpen. Madson is right-handed while Doolittle is left-handed, so he could have the edge even if the Nats play the matchups.
Jul 17 - 10:28 AM

Nationals acquired RHP Ryan Madson and LHP Sean Doolittle from the Athletics in exchange for RHP Blake Treinen, LHP Jesus Luzardo and 3B Sheldon Neuse.

Madson has posted a 2.06 ERA and 39/6 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings for the A's this season. Both he and Doolittle could be in the mix for saves in Washington, and Madson would have the leg up if manager Dusty Baker prefers a right-hander. Madson is under contract through 2018.
Jul 16 - 1:19 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Justin Wilson and Ryan Madson are "two of the Nationals' prime bullpen targets."

Rosenthal notes, however, that the Nats "have yet to engage in serious talks" with either the Tigers or A's. Both relievers seem likely to be traded, although Madson is the better bet since Oakland will definitely be sellers. Washington figures to go after a top-flight closer at the deadline in addition to setup-type arms like Wilson and Madson as they try to reinforce their leaky bullpen.
Jun 18 - 9:27 AM

Ryan Madson struck out three batters in the ninth inning to earn his first save of the season on Saturday against the Mariners.

Before the season began most observers felt Madson would serve as the primary closer in Oakland but that has not been the case. The Athletics profess to be using a closer-by-committee but in truth it has been Santiago Casilla getting most of the chances. Madson has been rock solid in the early going. He has a 1.23 ERA with nine strikeouts and one walk in 7 1/3 innings.
Apr 22 - 8:59 PM

Ryan Madson took a loss Friday after giving up a run in two-thirds of an inning against the Astros.

Madson came into a tie game to start the sixth and gave up singles to three of the five batters he faced. Ryan Dull came in and got the A's out of the jam, but it was too late to prevent Madson from taking the loss. It's the first run he's given up in four innings this season.
Apr 15 - 1:42 AM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that he has talked to all of his relievers about their roles for the upcoming season but will not announce a closer publicly.

It looks as though we will have to wait and see who he turns to with a lead in the ninth inning once the games start to count. Ryan Madson finished the 2016 season in the ninth inning role but faces competition from Santiago Casilla, Sean Doolittle and John Axford for save chances. This bullpen could be a mess all season for fantasy owners.
Apr 1 - 2:05 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the team could open the year with more than one closer.

It sounds like the A's could be headed for a full-on closer by committee. Ryan Madson held the closer gig throughout 2016 but he faces competition from former Giants ninth-inning man Santiago Casilla (who was blown apart for five runs yesterday) and a healthy Sean Doolittle. Until one of them breaks away from the pack, this will be a situation fantasy owners will want to avoid.
Mar 30 - 9:34 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
3Raudy Read
4Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Howie Kendrick
3Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Victor Robles
4Andrew Stevenson
5Adam Eaton
RF1Bryce Harper
2Alejandro De Aza
3Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Edwin Jackson
6A.J. Cole
7Erick Fedde
8Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Brandon Kintzler
3Ryan Madson
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Matt Albers
7Oliver Perez
8Enny Romero
9Matt Grace
10Joe Blanton
11Sammy Solis