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Ryan Madson is “ahead of schedule” in his Tommy John surgery recovery

Jan 18, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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Ryan Madson is expected to be the Angels’ closer if he’s healthy for Opening Day following Tommy John elbow surgery that wiped out his entire 2012 season and general manager Jerry Dipoto says the right-hander is “on or ahead of schedule.”

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Madson threw off a mound Monday for the first time since going under the knife and “will continue throwing twice a week until spring training begins.”

Dipoto described the Angels as “encouraged” by Madson’s progress, so it certainly sounds like he’ll be ready for spring training barring any setbacks. Madson, who had the surgery last April after signing a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Reds, got $3.5 million plus incentives from the Angels.

  1. dkphilly1122 - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    I hope Madison recovers for Spring Training. He is a great closer with his pitches when he is healthy. The Angels got a great closer for nice money.

  2. chacochicken - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    The photo is worth finding an excuse to make a post. My guess is he had two fillings at the dentist that day.

    • losangelesfan - Jan 18, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Maybe he has ChacoChicken stuck in his teeth.

  3. halohonk - Jan 18, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Lotsa arms this year and another big bat. Best team in baseball just gotta play like it. Play Ball!

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