MIAMI -- Phillies closer Ryan Madson will not be back before the All-Star break.
That is not earth-shattering news. Madson has not pitched since June 18 because of inflammation in his right hand, and he only started to play catch this weekend in Toronto. Madson will need to throw off a mound at least a couple times before he rejoins the bullpen. He might even need to make a rehab appearance or two.
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said he hopes Madson throws a bullpen session before the break.
"He's getting real close," manager Charlie Manuel said.
But close means possibly coming back July 15, when the Phillies resume play after the break.