Madson (back) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. This was expected, as Madson wasn't listed on Tuesday's lineup card after admitting after Monday's game that he's been battling a back issue that sends a pain down to his leg. With Madson joining Sean Doolittle (toe) and Kelvin Herrera (shoulder) on the disabled list, the Nats will have to rely on Koda Glover, Justin Miller, Wander Suero and/or possibly Greg Holland in the ninth inning for the time being. Trevor Gott was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding roster move.
Madson doesn't believe he'll need a trip to the disabled list to deal with his back pain, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. The veteran has reportedly been battling the issue for a long time, which also affects his leg. He believes he'll be able to stay on top of the pain with anti-inflammatory medication, which is already helping, and expects to remain on the roster.
Following Sunday's loss to the Cubs, Madson said he's been suffering from back pain that results in shooting pain in his leg, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. The 37-year-old revealed that he's been dealing with this issue for a while now, and that it makes it difficult for him to command his pitches. It appears as though Madson will attempt to work through the issue moving forward, although if his condition worsens, he could be held out for a few games or even placed on the disabled list.
Madson will serve as the Nationals' closer following the placement of Kelvin Herrera (shoulder) on the 10-day DL on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Madson is the next man up following injuries to Sean Doolittle (foot) and Herrera in recent weeks. Across 46 appearances this season, Madson has posted a 4.32 ERA and 1.39 WHIP while recording a 39:15 K:BB over 41.2 innings. He's also collected four saves in 2018. Just two year ago with the Athletics, Madson managed to pick up 30 saves as the club's ninth-inning man, so he has a decent amount of experience in the role in previous stops.
Madson allowed one hit but no earned runs to record his fourth save of the season Thursday against the Mets. Madson got the call in the ninth inning with the Nationals up one and successfully converted the opportunity to register his first save since May 12. It was presumed that Kelvin Herrera would step in to be the Nationals' temporary closer so long as Sean Doolittle (toe) remained on the disabled list, but he instead pitched the eighth inning. Madson has surrendered seven earned runs across his last 6.2 innings, making the move even more surprising. The situation could be resolved quickly if Doolittle is able to return after a minimum stay on the disabled list as expected, but if he suffers any setbacks, this appears to be a situation to monitor.