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Ryan Madson throws off mound for first time in six weeks

Mar 12, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Ryan Madson threw off a mound yesterday for the first time since his comeback from Tommy John surgery was shut down on February 1 when he experienced elbow soreness.

Madson threw 20 pitches and afterward told Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times that “it was just nice and easy, just to get back up on the hill.”

However, those 20 pitches were all fastballs and Madson was throwing at less than full effort, so he’s all but guaranteed to begin the season on the disabled list and the Angels figure to go with Ernesto Frieri as their Opening Day closer.

  1. asimonetti88 - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Not that Frieri is a terrible option to close, but I hope Madson can get healthy.

  2. eaglesw00t - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Man…am I glad we went with papelbon instead of Madson.

    Now, all we have to do is actually score so that we have something to save lol

    • vanquish0916 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      OMG I didn’t know there were actual members of the Phillies reading this blog!

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