Ryan Madson hasn’t been able to get healthy since leaving the Phillies. After signing a one-year deal with the Reds prior to the 2012 season, the right-hander tore a ligament in his right elbow that required Tommy John surgery in spring training and cost him the entire year.
The Reds didn’t re-sign the 32-year-old and Madson went on to ink a one-year deal with the Angels to be their closer. However, setbacks in his return from surgery have prevented him from pitching this season.
And the rehab still isn’t going great.
“I’m just frustrated,” Madson told MLB.com. “I really don’t have any answers. I just really want to pitch, really bad. I’ll do anything. Anything. But it seems like there really isn’t much to do, other than let it heal.”
Madson has one rehab outing under his belt this season -- an appearance on May 13 in Single A -- but he experienced elbow soreness and hasn’t felt right since.
According to MLB.com, if the discomfort continues for another week or two, Madson will undergo further testing on his throwing elbow. Shutting him down for the season is also a possibility.
Madson spent nine seasons with the Phillies, mostly as the team’s setup man. In his career, Madson, who was regarded as one of the game's top setup pitchers, has a 3.05 ERA in the eighth inning.
Injuries to Brad Lidge opened up the ninth inning for Madson in 2011, and he answered by posting 32 saves in 37 opportunities. But the Phillies chose to look elsewhere for a proven closer in 2012, signing Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million contract.
Madson hasn't thrown a pitch since tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS vs. St. Louis.