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Ryan Madson is having more elbow problems

Mar 19, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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Ryan Madson‘s comeback from Tommy John surgery was shut down for six weeks due to elbow soreness early in Angels camp and now, after finally doing some throwing again, he’s been shut down for a second time.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Madson hasn’t thrown off a mound since Thursday, although manager Mike Scioscia called it “the normal progression of the final stages of rehab.”

Madson was unlikely to be ready for Opening Day even if he avoided another setback, but now that’s completely out the window and the Angels are looking at Ernesto Frieri as their closer for a while.

  1. cosanostra71 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Damn that sucks. Not that Frieri isn’t capable of closing for a while, it would just give the Angels more flexibility in the bullpen if Madson was healthy.

  2. jpash42 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I feel for Ryan, I knew him personally from his time in Philly and he’s a great guy. I hope he can bounce back from this.

  3. echech88 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    K-Rod reunion in 3…2…..

    • jarathen - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      That will never happen. Ever.

  4. markofapro - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Score all the runs you want, Halos. Your pitching will give up more.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      I have a hard time seeing the Angels with a negative run differential unless the pitching is among the league’s absolute worst. They may not have the names they did last year but as I said a couple days ago on the season preview, Weaver is a stud, Wilson is a capable #2, and if just one of Vargas/Blanton/Hanson ends up being at least average, their pitching staff will be fine.

      • jarathen - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:35 AM

        Agreed. There are certainly question marks, especially in Hanson, but the Angels gave up an inconsistent reliever to get him, and they have two serviceable guys behind him in Jerome Williams and Garret Richards, who are both certainly #5 guys at this point and not the horrendous AAA depth the Angels had previously (seriously – Matt Palmer was starting for the Angels not that long ago). The Angels only have two top-tier starters in Weaver and Wilson (and let’s remember how good Wilson was in the first half last year – so good that even though his elbow problems made him terrible for the back half, he STILL finished with a respectable cumulative total), but they have another five guys that can probably be league-average starters.

        And a ridiculous offense.

  5. dwdive - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    As a Phillies fan I always loved Ryan. Good guy and had a few really good years with the Phillies. With that said, thank god they didn’t sign him to that 4 yr 44mil deal that was reported. As bad as the Paplebon contract is, at least he’s pitching the past 2 years..

  6. DonkeyStick - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    another GREAT move by Ruben

  7. markofapro - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    CJ is a top tier starter? Are you on cat tranquilizers?
    I agree the offense will be good, but the replacement pitchers are below average. Hoping that one of those three to be average is a risk.

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