Madson allowed two runs on three hits in an inning of work but was able to convert the save Sunday against the Phillies. He struck out one. Madson put two men on before allowing a two-run single with two outs in the ninth. He got Rhys Hoskins to ground into a fielder's choice to end the game, earning him his second save of the season. Sean Doolittle has been lights-out as the Nats' closer since his acquisition and should see the vast majority of the save opportunities the rest of the way after taking a breather Sunday.
Madson gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning Thursday to collect his 20th hold of the season in a win over the Phillies. While Sean Doolittle has seen all the glory in the Nats bullpen as the team's new closer, Madson has been just as valuable since the duo came over from Oakland, posting a 17:1 K:BB over 12 shutout innings while recording three wins and six holds in a Washington uniform. Expect the veteran righty to remain locked into his setup role down the stretch.
Madson (finger) was reinstated from the 10-day DL prior to Friday's game against the Brewers, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. As Zuckerman references, it remains unclear whether Madson is actually ready to pitch at this point, or if the club made this move since there is no need for him to stay on the disabled list with expanded rosters. Madson was placed on the 10-day DL on Aug. 17, and as of last week, the Nationals didn't know for certain whether he would be ready to return before the playoffs, so it seems unlikely that he'll be back on the mound any time in the immediate future.
Madson (finger) will meet the Nationals in Milwaukee on Thursday for a reevaluation, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. There hasn't been any news indicating that Madson has experienced a setback with the sprained finger on his right hand following his placement on the disabled list Aug. 17, so it sounds like he'll just be receiving a routine two-week checkup. If the Nationals determine that Madson has healed as expected, the team could outline a throwing program for the veteran reliever, but as things stand now, it looks like he'll remained sidelined for most of September.
Madson is suffering from an inflammed sheath around the tendon that runs through the knuckle of his right index finger, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. He received electric therapy that has helped eliminate daily inflammation, and the Nationals are expecting him to be ready by the postseason, at the latest. It would make sense for the Nationals, who are all but guaranteed the NL East crown, to rest Madson until the start of their playoff trek. Any NL-only fantasy players still holding on to him can cut him, as -- though this could change -- he probably won't make a big impact the rest of the regular season. He was primarily pitching in a setup role anyway, with Sean Doolittle seeing the bulk of the save chances and Brandon Kintzler getting any leftovers.
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