Angels shut down Ryan Madson with elbow issue

Angels shut down Ryan Madson with elbow issue
February 12, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Ryan Madson just hasn’t been able to conquer his elbow problems since leaving the Phillies.

The former Phils farmhand, setup man and closer was shut down one day into spring training with the Angels with elbow soreness. And according to MLB.com, Madson could begin the season on the disabled list.

Madson was rehabbing his elbow and had thrown three bullpen sessions through the end of January. He encountered soreness in a fourth session on Feb. 1 and hasn’t pitched since.

“I'm discouraged, because I just wanted to go and not have any hang-ups,” Madson told the Angels’ official site.

Madson missed last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He was a popular closer in the free-agent market and there were even rumors of his re-signing with the Phillies, but it took him forever (Jan. 20) to find a home, much like with Michael Bourn this offseason. Madson eventually signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Reds in hopes of re-testing the market after the 2012 season. The Phillies, of course, inked Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million instead.

A ninth-round pick in 1998, Madson was brilliant in his final five seasons with the Phillies. In 310 relief appearances, he had 49 saves, finished 118 games, a 2.89 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings and just 2.6 walks.

He signed with the Angels in late November for one year and a guaranteed $3.5 million with $3.5 million more in incentives.

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