From today’s Enquirer:

Reds closer Ryan Madson probably is not going to pitch in a minor league game today as planned.

The Reds aren’t saying much about it.

“We’re sorting it out,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We’ll let you know.”

Madson has not pitched in a game this spring after coming down with a sore elbow early in camp.

The progressed nicely after taking some time off. He faced four batters in a simulated game on Tuesday and looked good according to all reports.

“I don’t know what I can say,” Madson said. “I don’t like to be like that, but . . . ”

This is NOT what you want to read less than 2 weeks before Opening Day.

The article goes on to state that if Madson isn’t ready, Sean Marshall would likely close…and you know what that probably means: Aroldis Chapman starts the year in the Reds bullpen.

Now, I have no problem with Marshall filling the closer slot; in fact, we discussed this when he came over from the Cubs, before the Reds signed Madson.

Plus, if it was just until Madson was healthy, I really wouldn’t have a problem with Chapman having a short stint in the bullpen during that time, as long as when Madson is activated, he goes to AAA to start. It keeps his year-long innings total down and maybe makes him available to start for Cincinnati down the stretch, if he has success in AAA.