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Posted on Sun. Mar. 25, 2012 - 12:01 am EDT


Reds closer lost for year to elbow injury

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Instead of closing for the Cincinnati Reds, Ryan Madson will miss the 2012 season because of a torn ligament in his right elbow.

Madson returned to Cincinnati and was examined by team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The Reds said Saturday that Kremchek told general manager Walt Jocketty the ligament was torn from the bone of Madson’s right elbow.

“We talked to the team. We all have to stay positive,” Jocketty said. “We have alternatives internally that we will sort through in the next few days.”

Madson agreed in January to a one-year contract guaranteeing $8.5 million, after a $44 million, four-year deal to stay with Philadelphia collapsed in November.

The 31-year old reported discomfort in his elbow at the start of spring training but insisted it was an annual ailment. Kremchek explained to Jocketty that bleeding made it appear the tear was recent.

Sean Marshall, obtained from the Chicago Cubs in December, becomes a leading candidate for closer. Aroldis Chapman could be shifted to a bullpen role.


Around the tracks

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard met with officials from Houston about running on a temporary street course there next season. … McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton won the pole position for today’s Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix.


Around the leagues

Detroit manager Jim Leyland said the swelling around Miguel Cabrera’s eye has subsided. Cabrera, who broke a bone below his right eye, will be re-evaluated Tuesday in Lakeland, Fla. … Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to return for the April 13 home opener. …

Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed that reliever Joba Chamberlain dislocated his right ankle while playing with his son on a trampoline. … Cubs bullpen candidate Marcos Mateo won’t throw for 10 to 14 days because of a sore elbow.


Huskers introduce new coach

Nebraska introduced new coach Tim Miles at a news conference. He resigned from Colorado State on Friday after leading the Rams to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2003.


Irish add pair of offensive linemen

Notre Dame added two offensive linemen recruits Saturday, according to reports. Hunter Bivin, of Owensboro, Ky., and Colin McGovern, of New Lenox, Ill., orally committed after junior day visits.

Around the league

Cincinnati signed former Colts defensive end Jamaal Anderson and agreed to another contract with defensive tackle Pat Sims. … Running back Tashard Choice agreed to re-sign with Buffalo after being a late-season pickup last year. … Denver signed former Chicago backup quarterback Caleb Hanie to a two-year deal, a person familiar with the negotiations said.


Federer defeats U.S. teenager

Roger Federer defeated 19-year-old American Ryan Harrison 6-2, 7-6 (3) at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Federer faces Andy Roddick, who beat Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-2, in the third round. Serena Williams moved into the fourth round by beating Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-1.


IPFW falls again

IPFW suffered its sixth consecutive setback in a 3-1 loss to Carthage in Kenosha, Wis. The Mastodons (10-12, 2-6 MIVA) won the opening set 26-24 but lost the next three, 25-23, 25-19 and 25-15. It was the second loss to Carthage (21-4) this season by a 3-1 score. Eddie Rivera led IPFW with 19 kills and 20 digs, and Anthony Randolph had 11 kills.

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