Talking to reporters after a back issue acted up during the ninth inning on Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs, leading to a blown save and a walk-off grand slam, Ryan Madson told reporters that the issue hadn’t been a big problem before that night.
“I’ve only felt it the last couple of days,” Madson said, as quoted by MASN reporter Mark Zuckerman.
“And I didn’t really say anything, because I got through the innings fine. I made good enough pitches. But last night, I think, was just a little bit too much.”
Madson said afterwards he was receiving treatment for the issue, taking anti-inflammatory medication, and hoping that he would be able to avoid a stint on the Disabled List.
This afternoon, the Nationals placed Madson on the 10-Day DL. It was one of several moves as the team recalled Trevor Gott, selected the contract of left-handed reliever Tim Collins, optioned left-hander Sammy Solis to Triple-A, and transferred Erick Fedde to the 60-Day DL.
Manager Davey Martinez talked after last night’s game, another walk-off loss, about dealing with a variety of injuries that were affecting the relief corps.
“It’s tough when you have your closer, your set-up guy, your seventh-inning all beat up,” he explained. “So we’ve just got to keep battling. Those other guys they’ve got to step up.”
He also discussed the issues Solis was having retiring left-handed hitters, who’ve put up a .286/.342/.529 line in in 76 plate appearances against the southpaw this season.
“I mean I don’t know what else to do,” Martinez said. “I mean, I put him in — like I said, he’s got to get lefties out. I put him up against lefties, I know it’s not easy, but that’s his job, and he hasn’t been able to do that.”
Asked about the fact that Madson, after he’d struggled the previous night, headed out to the bullpen at one point on Monday to test it, Martinez said he wasn’t going to put the 37-year-old in there.
“He was going to test to see what he could do, but after yesterday there was no way I was going to put him out,” he explained.
Now Madson’s on the DL, Solis is headed back down to Triple-A, and Gott and Collins will get a shot to see what they can do this time around.