They opened Spring Training with Brad Lidge in that role, but he got hurt. They then moved onto Jose Contreras and Ryan Madson during the season. Madson has had an outstanding year, but the Phillies placed him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 19, on Tuesday with a bruised right hand. Philadelphia called up right-hander Andrew Carpenter to take his place in the bullpen, although Antonio Bastardo is a candidate to close.
Madson injured his hand on May 20, when a ball struck him during a game against the Texas Rangers. Madson continued to pitch, but he complained of pain on occasion. He received a cortisone injection on Friday.
Madson, 30, is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 31 games this season. He has converted 15 of 16 save opportunities and has struck out 34 batters over 31 innings.
Carpenter, 26, is 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA in 24 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He has not allowed a run over his last eight appearances, a span of 13 1/3 innings.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.