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Angels plan to keep rehabbing reliever Ryan Madson in the minor leagues for “several weeks”

May 15, 2013, 8:28 PM EST

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Ryan Madson was hoping to finally join the Angels’ bullpen this weekend. But that will not be happening.

According to beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the right-hander is going to spend “several weeks” on a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake before being cleared to pitch in the major leagues. Madson thinks he’s ready right now, but he has experienced multiple setbacks in his nearly 14-month recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and the Angels want to play this cautiously.

“I can pitch here today and get people out,” Madson told reporters Wednesday evening. “That’s just how I feel.”

The 32-year-old inked a one-year, $3.5 million free agent contract with the Halos this past winter. He was expected to open the season as their closer, but Ernesto Frieri is currently running away with that job.

  1. flamethrower101 - May 15, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Can’t blame him for wanting to get on the mound after being off for so long. But he’s had a lot of setbacks in his road to recovery, so I’d have to take the Angels side here. Better to be safe than sorry. The last thing either party would want is for Madson to forgo rehab assignment, return to the majors, and then re-injure himself. He would not only be screwing his team, but he would also be screwing himself.

    He was fortunate to get $3.5 Million guaranteed after missing an entire year to an elbow injury. Another one like that and he’d be lucky to get even a minor-league deal.

  2. randygnyc - May 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    The Angels don’t need you now. Read a sports page, Ryan.

  3. markofapro - May 15, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    The Angels need Koufax, Gibson, and Gossage to get to .500

    • jarathen - May 16, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      If they can nail down Whitey Ford and Walter Johnson, they’ll be set!

  4. jarathen - May 16, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    The Angels are right to be thorough. You don’t want this guy to ruin the great thing they’ve got going with their current bullpen.

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