"It's nice to get a little break," Madson said before he pitched in relief Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. He retired the only two batters he faced.
In Madson's previous outing, he allowed a two-run home run to Carlos Beltran that snapped a 122/3-inning scoreless streak. He had not allowed a run since Sept. 1.
"Now I can do some extra work strengthening the shoulder so it will feel brand new once the playoffs start," he said.
Madson had been on the disabled list from April 30 until July 7 with a broken right toe that he sustained when he kicked a chair after a blown save.
"It was tough being out, but I don't know if I could have pitched that often and that effectively had I not missed all that time," Madson said.
Madson credits teammate Brad Lidge for helping him with the mental part of game. He said when Lidge converted 48 of 48 saves in 2008 (including the postseason), he never changed his routine.
"What I learned from him that perfect season was the way he went about his business," Madson said. "He was the same all the time and didn't let the streak affect anything, taking things one day at a time, and I was able to learn from that."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel still would not say what his rotation would be for the season-ending series in Atlanta. He did repeat that Kyle Kendrick would start the opener on Friday.
Manuel said he does not expect Roy Halladay or Roy Oswalt to pitch again until the postseason. He said Cole Hamels would "probably work a few innings."
Pitching coach Rich Dubee said that Sunday would provide a final tune-up for the bullpen.
"Sunday our bullpen will all pitch our last game in Atlanta," Dubee said. "Everybody will get out there because you don't want them to go three, four days without pitching and we will have two days off Monday and Tuesday."
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that third baseman Placido Polanco received a cortisone injection in his left arm on Wednesday in Philadelphia and would rejoin the team Friday in Atlanta.
It was his fourth injection this season. Two of the previous shots were in his elbow because of bone spurs that caused constant pain. Tendinitis developed in Polanco's left forearm, where he had another cortisone injection in June.
Manuel said he hopes to get Polanco into at least one game this weekend.
Change at Reading
Steve Roadcap will not return as the manager at double-A Reading but will remain in the Phillies' organization as a manager at the single-A level, according to a baseball source.
The Reading Phillies went 69-72 in Roadcap's second season as manager. The Phillies previously announced that Dave Huppert would not return at the manager at triple-A Lehigh Valley. One of the two openings could go to Mark Parent, who managed single-A Lakewood to the South Atlantic League title this season.
Staff writer Bob Brookover contributed to this article.