PHILADELPHIA - Manager Charlie Manuel can partially identify with how Phillies reliever Ryan Madson broke his right toe.
Madson's injury happened when he kicked a metal chair after blowing a save against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday afternoon. The Phillies placed Madson on the 15-day disabled list Friday afternoon before they lost 9-1 to the New York Mets in the first game of a three-game series. Madson could be out longer than two weeks, according to the Phillies.
"I was a little upset and went downstairs to cool off and I slipped on the way down and that just set me off," Madson said. "There was a chair at the end of the stairs and I tried to kick it over, and I caught my toe underneath the chair instead of on top."
Manuel broke his toe kicking a wall as a player.
"I didn't do it in the big leagues though," the manager quickly said. "I learned quicker than (Madson)."
The incident happened while Manuel was in Double A. What set him off?
"Striking out," he said. "Guys throwing curveballs and changeups."
What set Madson off was his second blown save of the season.
He entered Wednesday's game in the bottom of the 10th inning with the Phillies ahead 5-4. He allowed two hits, a run and a walk in one inning. Philadelphia eventually won 7-6 in 11 innings.
Madson is 1-0 with four saves in six chances and a 7.00 ERA.
"I'm embarrassed," said Madson, whose right foot was in a calf-high boot. "I let down my teammates, letting down the fans that want us to all be out there and playing hard for them. I feel terrible about that."
Manuel said he learned about the injury during a meeting with Madson at Citizens Bank on Friday afternoon.
"He (Madson) was very embarrassed," Manuel said. "He was apologetic. It's one of those things that happens."
Madson said the incident has taught him a lesson.
"I've done it before (kicked things) but never broken a bone," he said. "I won't do it again because I realize how much I've let my teammates down and the fans."
The Phillies aren't sure when Madson will return.
"He's going to be out 15 days and after that we're not 100 percent certain," assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. "He's going to have to go out on a rehab. We're not going to put him out there until he's 100 percent."
Madson's injury coincided with the return of closer Brad Lidge. The Phillies activated Lidge, who was recovering from offseason surgery on his knee and elbow, before Friday's game.
Lidge combined to go 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA, four walks and eight strikeouts in eight rehab appearances between triple-A Lehigh Valley, double-A Reading and Class A Clearwater.
Manuel didn't say when asked before Friday's game who would close the contest if the Phillies were in position to win.
"I don't know what I'll be doing (Friday)," Lidge said. "At this point, I'll just put pressure on myself to go out there and execute and get my job done no matter when I pitch. I'll be thrilled to get back and help us out."
Lidge gave up a ninth-inning solo home run to Mets catcher Rod Barajas, the first batter he faced. He faced three batters and only got one out.
The one Phillie to benefit from Friday's bullpen shuffle is reliever Antonio Bastardo.
The Phillies had intended to send Bastardo to triple-A Lehigh Valley after they activated Lidge, but Madson's injury changed those plans.
"He was going to leave for (Lehigh Valley on Saturday)," Proefrock said. "I called him (Friday afternoon) and told him to come to the ballpark instead."
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