Madson won't be an option out of the bullpen for Game 5 of the World Series against Boston on Sunday, Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports. Madson gave up a big home run in Game 4 in 0.2 innings, and he won't throw Sunday despite tossing just eight pitches. If the Dodgers manage to extend the series to Game 6, he figures to be available.
Mason figures to be one of the top candidates for save opportunities this weekend against Colorado, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. Kenley Jansen (chest) didn't travel with the team as a precaution, so Madson and Kenta Maeda figure handle save situations if needed. Manager Dave Roberts stated it'll be closer by committee with Jansen out of the picture for now. Given Madson's recent usage (he's pitched in three of the past four games), the Dodgers may elect to avoid using him in Friday's opener, although he should be well rested for the final two games of the series, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Madson was traded from the Nationals to the Dodgers on Friday in exchange for Andrew Istler, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The Dodgers acquire a much-needed late-inning arm, as closer Kenley Jansen has allowed seven runs on 10 hits (including four homers) over his last four appearances since returning from a trip to the disabled list due to an irregular heartbeat. The team is reportedly keeping faith in Jansen as its closer, but Madson and his 91 career saves could be an option to take over should his struggles continue. Greg Holland, Justin Miller and Koda Glover are left as the primary options for saves in Washington until Sean Doolittle returns from his toe injury.
Madson (back) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Monday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. In a corresponding move, Kelvin Herrera was placed on the DL with a torn Lisfranc ligament, opening up temporary closing duties in Washington. Madson could be the one to take over, with four saves this season and 91 over the course of his career. Sean Doolittle is working his way back from a toe injury, but his return timeline remains unclear, so Madson could hold the job for a few weeks.
Madson (back) was throwing a bullpen session prior to Sunday's game against the Mets, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. Madson traveled to Phoenix for electric therapy last week as he returns from the back injury. The veteran right-hander could return from the disabled list as soon as Monday at Philadelphia if everything goes smoothly, but an activation later in the week still appears more likely.
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