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04/24/12 7:43 PM ET

Madson in Cincy, begins long road of rehab

CINCINNATI -- It hit home for Ryan Madson on Tuesday that he was truly in the baby-steps portion of rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Madson, the closer who tore a ligament in his elbow during Spring Training before he could ever throw a pitch in a game for the Reds, worked with physical therapist Christy Schuckman. It was the first chance to take off the brace he'd been wearing on the elbow.

"It was like 10 minutes of work for the whole day. That was weird," said Madson, who was in the Reds' clubhouse for the first time. "She said that was all we can do. We'll see how it feels tomorrow. ... She said that's going to be my first four weeks, right there."

The Reds signed Madson, the former Phillies closer, in January to a one-year, $8.5 million contract with an $11 million mutual option for 2013. But with a rehabilitation expectation of at least 11 months, he will not appear in a game this season.

Madson, 31, had his surgery performed a couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum, and not by Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek. It was a decision derived out of convenience for the Southern California resident rather than medical preferences.

"I liked either one," Madson said. "I sat down with my agent, Scott Boras, and went over some things. We decided the easiest thing to do was to have it there at home, be able to recover at home, and it would be the best environment. That was really the only deciding factor for me. I have everything there. I was totally confident with Kremchek as well. I told him that."

Madson hoped to resume throwing in about four months. Although he will visit Cincinnati from time to time to be with the Reds, he planned to return to California on Friday and will do the bulk of his rehab with the Angels' medical team.

"I should be in good hands there," Madson said. "Hopefully I will get some throwing in before the season is over."

Marshall getting job done as Reds' closer

CINCINNATI -- It wasn't how the Reds drew up the plans over the winter, but Sean Marshall has assimilated well to the closer's role. Marshall entered Tuesday 3-for-3 in save attempts over his last three appearances and was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA through six games.

Marshall, who stepped up to closer from setting up in spring after Ryan Madson suffered a season-ending elbow injury, gave up one run but converted the save in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Cubs.

"He's doing real good," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's throwing the same. That's the main thing. You want them to be the same and throw the same. You don't try to invent stuff because you're closing.

"Marshall is at a point of his career where he knows who he is and what he's capable of doing and incapable of doing. It's probably one of the things you learn last -- some guys learn real early, and some don't -- [with] most guys, it takes a little while."

Reds honor NCAA champion Kentucky

CINCINNATI -- The red seats in Great American Ball Park had a smattering of blue from University of Kentucky fans on Tuesday. The Reds honored the Wildcats for the basketball team's national championship. Head coach John Calipari and a contingent from the school brought the NCAA trophy.

After a brief recognition on the field, where he received a loud ovation, Calipari threw a ceremonial first pitch to infielder Todd Frazier.

With the University of Cincinnati, Xavier and Ohio State all having elite college basketball programs in Ohio, there was a question by some about why Kentucky would cross the Ohio River as it tours with its trophy. However, the Reds have more radio affiliates in Kentucky than in Ohio and a large fan base in the Bluegrass State.

"It's great here," said Calipari from the Reds' dugout. "Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio -- it's all the same place, it really is. The Cincinnati Reds fans in Lexington -- it's a Reds city, other than being a blue city for us.

"We've taken the trophy and gone all over, and this was a natural thing and easy place for our fans to gather. But it's not to be offensive to anybody. Cincinnati has done a great job, and their program is on the rise and it will continue."

Worth noting

• Monday was Chuck Harmon's 88th birthday. Harmon became the first African-American to play for the Reds when he debuted in the Majors on April 17, 1954.

• Tuesday was another installment of the Reds' popular "Bark in the Park." There were approximately 660 dogs in attendance with their owners for the game against the Giants. A special seating area was reserved near right field for dog owners and their pets. A free collapsible pet bowl was given to the first 5,000 pet owners, and the dogs and owners took part in a pregame parade on the field.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.