Fantasy Baseball Closer Report: Major League Baseball Closer Injury Update

Todd Farino@truegurufarinoCorrespondent IJune 30, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18:  Pitcher Jonathan Broxton #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts during a ninth inning rally by the Atlanta Braves on April 18, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  The Dodgers won 4-2.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Here is the latest 411 on injured closers:

Ryan Madson, PHI

According to, Ryan Madson, who has served as closer for much of the season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right hand. The move is retroactive to June 19, which means Madson could return July 4.  Madson injured his hand back in late May after getting hit by a come-backer and never fully recovered.  I expect him back in the Phillies bullpen by July 6 and likely won't need more than one rehab appearance.

David Aardsma, SEA

Not much to report on Aardsma.  He resumed throwing June 13, the same day he was transferred to the 60-day DL in a procedural move.  He will continue to throw until the Mariners feel he is ready for a bullpen session.  There are no timetables at this point for Aardsma to return or start pitching again.

Brad Lidge, PHI

According to Brad Lidge, he feels fine and is ready to start pitching.  According to, Lidge could start pitching in the minors as part of a rehab assignment next week.  On Thursday he will play catch followed by a bullpen session.  I still would not expect Lidge back till August 1.

Jonathan Broxton, LAD

Broxton has been shut down for at least three more weeks after feeling pain in his elbow again, according to the LA Times.  While Mattingly wants his closer back, many think this latest setback could spell doom for Broxton and end his season.  Right now the assumption is that the bone bruise has become irritated.  While this isn't good at all for Broxton, I do not think his season is over. But I cannot recommend keeping him on your roster if you need the spot.

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