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Ryan Madson threw some 93 MPH fastballs in an audition

Feb 7, 2014, 10:50 PM EDT

Ryan Madson AP

Completing the next step in his attempt to revive his Major League career, reliever Ryan Madson threw some baseballs in an open audition for about 15 teams today in Phoenix, Arizona. As ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports, the 33-year-old right-hander was able to get his fastball up to 93 MPH, which impressed the representatives of some teams in attendance.

It will be surprising if Madson doesn’t end up latching on with a team on a minor league deal soon. They say you can never have too much pitching, especially when it’s relatively risk-free in this case. The worst that happens is a team brings Madson into camp, he doesn’t perform or gets injured again, and they simply pay him for his time in February and March.

Madson hasn’t thrown a pitch since he retired Cardinals Yadier Molina, Daniel Descalso, and Nick Punto in order in the top of the ninth inning in Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS with the Phillies. Before his career was derailed by injuries, he had performed admirably as one of baseball’s best set-up men and briefly as a closer in 2011 when Brad Lidge couldn’t stay healthy.

  1. garryfish - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    If I were the Yankees or Mets I would give him a chance with a spring invite

  2. uyf1950 - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    I hopet he Yankees were one of the teams attending the audition. I’ve said it before here I’d prefer Madson if he’s healthy over most of the other guys have have been taken lately especially over Rodney. Madson certainly represents a low risk/high reward signing for some team. I just hope it’s the Yankees.

  3. therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    I think the heading was supposed to read “Madson threw some 93, MPH fastballs”.

    • nymets4ever - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:46 AM


  4. psubeerman21 - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    So, in other words, he is going to get lit up like a Christmas tree

  5. kev86 - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Could close for Mets sooner than later. Good opportunity for him if he and Mets are interested.

  6. areyesrn - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    damn…he used to throw 98…

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