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Ryan Madson: “I’m just frustrated, I really don’t have any answers”

Jun 11, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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It’s been three weeks since Ryan Madson‘s latest setback and Alden Gonzalez of reports that the Angels right-hander has yet to resume throwing off a mound.

Madson has been throwing off flat ground, but he’s clearly sick of what is now a two-year recovery from Tommy John surgery, telling Gonzalez:

I’m just frustrated. I really don’t have any answers. I just really want to pitch, really bad. I’ll do anything. Anything. But it seems like there really isn’t much to do, other than let it heal.

When the Angels signed Madson to a one-year, $3.5 million deal in November they did so with the intention of making him their closer, but now he’s 14 months removed from surgery and potentially in danger of not throwing a pitch for a second straight season.

  1. jm91rs - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    This seems abnormal, did the Reds do his surgery or did he go through James Andrews or some other noted surgeon?

    • geoknows - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      The late Dr. Lewis Yocum did Madson’s surgery. And no, it’s not necessarily abnormal; some people just take longer. It’s not unheard of. And, believe it or not, some guys never make it back, because it’s not a cure-all 100% of the time.

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Really sad

  3. flamethrower101 - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Shame. Finally had found success as closer in Philadelphia. Then the contract drama over there and finally ending up with the Reds only to go down with a torn UCL. Hasn’t thrown a big-league pitch since then and now I have a guy feeling he won’t throw one this year either, or ever again. Could be the same thing Daniel Hudson is going through after tearing his UCL twice within two years. Hope that’s not the case.

  4. duckthefodgers - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Try hgh bro. Its not like its performance enhancing or anything.

  5. papacrick - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Cry me a river you’re still cashing 3.5 mill worth of checks for healing time. I’d love to trade positions with ya

    • pauleee - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Wow, not the point one little bit.

  6. d39sam23 - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Too true not only one year of free money but two years. Must be nice too make millions and continually rehab while getting paid for not doing your job. Wonder witch team will be foolish enough to give him a contract next year so he can get paid and be frustrated.

  7. jkaflagg - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Thought it was laughable when the Angels named Madson their closer coming off significant arm surgery; thought the best case scenario was for him to be ready in the second half of the season, with his best work coming in the second year after surgery, a la Joe Nathan. But it’s the Angels, where everything not named Trout goes bad…..hope he can make it back, but anywhere but Anaheim might be better for him.

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