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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 got smoked to the tune of six runs in just 2/3 of an inning and was charged with a loss to the Mets on Wednesday.
The first three batters he faced in the eighth inning all singled and it only got worse from there. Todd Frazier drove in two runs with a single to center, then Juan Lagares plated two more with a double to right. Madson was relieved with two runners left on base and both of them came home to score before the inning was over. It was just one of those days for Madson, who came into the game with a sterling 1.86 ERA and saw it balloon to 6.97 in the blink of an eye. Apr 18 - 10:36 PM

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Ryan Madson earned his second save of the season Monday in the Nationals' comeback win over the Mets.

Sean Doolittle had worked back-to-back days and gave up a go-ahead homer to Ian Desmond in the ninth inning of Sunday's loss to the Rockies, so Nationals manager Davey Martinez opted to go with Madson to close out Monday's game. Doolittle is still the primary saves man in Washington.
Apr 16 - 10:56 PM

Ryan Madson got two outs for his first save of the year Tuesday against the Braves.

Sean Doolittle remains the Nationals' closer, but manager Dave Martinez chose Madson to come in after Sammy Solis got into trouble in a 4-0 game in the ninth tonight. Madson allowed a double that scored an inherited runner, but he was able to strike out Ryan Flaherty to end the game at 4-1.
Apr 10 - 10:07 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 04:03:00 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 05:00:00 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.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 01:46:00 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.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 06:00:00 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.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 06:29:00 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.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 07:43:00 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.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 11:29:00 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.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 01:22:00 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.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 10:28:00 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.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 01:19:00 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.
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 09:27:00 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.
Sat, Apr 22, 2017 08:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Pedro Severino
3Jhonatan Solano
4Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Howie Kendrick
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Adam Eaton
2Moises Sierra
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Joaquin Benoit
7Matt Grace
8Sammy Solis
9A.J. Cole