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Ryan Madson had a setback in his return from Tommy John surgery

Feb 11, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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When the Angels signed Ryan Madson to be their new closer they seemed pretty confident that he’d be ready for Opening Day after missing all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery, but suddenly that’s looking like a long shot.

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Madson experienced a setback in his recovery when he had elbow soreness during a mound session on February 1 and hasn’t thrown since then.

Madson beginning the season on the disabled list would open the door for Ernesto Frieri to serve as closer. Madson’s one-year deal with the Angels is worth $3.5 million in guaranteed money, plus another $3.5 million in potential incentives based on games finished and days on the active roster.

Remember when the Phillies were on the verge of re-signing Madson to a four-year, $44 million contract last offseason and, at least according to agent Scott Boras, had agreed to the deal? Does wriggling out of those negotiations now count toward the “Ruben Amaro Jr. is a ninja” evidence?

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Best signing the Phils never made.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      I totally agree, and I would be lying if I didn’t say I breath a huge sigh of relief everytimg I see one of these articles. But at the same time, I really feel for the guy……

      I think everyone can agree – Ryan was poorly served by Mr. Boras!!

  2. philswfc08 - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    i was still hoping they brought him back for 8th inning duties this year, but Adams was a good pick up (looking even better now).

  3. halohonk - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Big Ernie your the man. You need to mix it up a little more and sprinkle in your curve ball or change up this year.

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