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  1. Ryan Madson: “This is the closest I’ve felt to being normal”

    Apr 17, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Madson AP

    Ryan Madson has basically been “two weeks” away from returning since February, but setbacks with his surgically repaired elbow have reset his timetable multiple times. He’s once again making progress, throwing a 40-pitch bullpen session Tuesday “with conviction, with extension, and without one bit of pain.” Seriously, that’s the quote he gave to Mike DiGiovanna…

  2. Angels outlast the Reds in Opening Day marathon

    Apr 1, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Ryan Hanigan, Chris Iannetta

    It took a while, but the first ever interleague matchup on Opening Day is in the books. In a four-hour and 45-minute marathon, the Angels topped the Reds 3-1 in 13 innings this evening at Great American Ballpark. While the hyped trio of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton combined to go 1-for-14 with three…

  3. Ryan Madson is having more elbow problems

    Mar 19, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson AP

    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…

  4. 2013 Preview: Los Angeles Angels

    Mar 16, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Angels. The Big Question: Can the Angels slug their way to an AL West title? With the…

  5. Ryan Madson throws off mound for first time in six weeks

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson AP

    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…

  6. Ryan Madson to throw bullpen session Monday

    Mar 9, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson AP

    Ryan Madson had a minor setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery in early February, but he’s beginning to make progress. According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Madson is set to throw a bullpen session Monday for the first time since his shutdown. However, it’s just the first step of a long process. Madson…

  7. Ernesto Frieri adds two pitches to arsenal

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    86 percent of Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri‘s pitches thrown last season were fastballs. Despite the patently predictable approach, the 27-year-old has enjoyed immense success in his brief Major League career, owning a 2.32 ERA in 162.2 innings. He also has one of the highest strikeout rates among all relievers. Only five have posted a better…

  8. Ryan Madson ready to throw on back-to-back days

    Feb 24, 2013, 5:54 PM EDT

    ryan madson getty phillies

    Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register has a small update on the status of Ryan Madson: Madson said he is scheduled to throw on back-to-back days on Monday and Tuesday. He said he’s not sure how the progression will go this week, whether he’ll increase frequency or distance. So far he’s only thrown at…

  9. Ryan Madson plays catch, but return timetable is uncertain

    Feb 20, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    ryan madson getty

    Ryan Madson played catch today, throwing for the first time since experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired elbow on February 1. “He’s starting a progression of about 50 feet,” manager Mike Scioscia said, via the Associated Press. “He felt great after his last [session]. Until he can get out there and get in long toss…

  10. Ryan Madson (elbow) could resume throwing on Monday

    Feb 16, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

    madson getty

    Angels closer Ryan Madson has been idle since February 1 because of discomfort in his surgically-repaired right elbow. But things are looking up. According to Jeff Fletcher, who serves as the Angels beat writer for the Orange County Register, manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday morning in camp that Madson could resume his throwing program as…

  11. MRI on Ryan Madson’s elbow shows no damage

    Feb 13, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    ryan madson getty

    Yesterday’s MRI exam on Ryan Madson‘s elbow showed no structural damage, but the Angels reliever will wait at least another week before throwing as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery. Madson, who missed all of last season, stopped his throwing program after experiencing soreness on February 1 and no longer seems likely to…

  12. Ryan Madson undergoing MRI on troublesome right elbow

    Feb 12, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    ryan madson getty

    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that Angels right-hander Ryan Madson is undergoing an MRI Tuesday evening on his surgically-repaired pitching elbow. The hope in Angels camp is that the exam will show nothing more than mild inflammation. Madson began feeling soreness in his elbow when he ramped up his offseason throwing program earlier this month. He…

  13. Ryan Madson had a setback in his return from Tommy John surgery

    Feb 11, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    ryan madson getty

    When the Angels signed Ryan Madson to be their new closer they seemed pretty confident that he’d be ready for Opening Day after missing all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery, but suddenly that’s looking like a long shot. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Madson experienced a setback in…

  14. Angels’ rebuilt bullpen adds left-hander Sean Burnett on two-year, $8 million contract

    Dec 5, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    They still need plenty of rotation help, but the Angels have added another late-inning option to their bullpen. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that they’ve signed left-hander Sean Burnett to a two-year deal with an option for 2015. Burnett joins Ryan Madson in a new-look bullpen after spending the past three-and-a-half seasons in Washington, where…

  15. Angels “letting clubs know” that Jordan Walden is available

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

    jordan walden getty

    The Angels finalized a one-year free agent contract with Ryan Madson on Wednesday afternoon and intend to use him at closer. Which leads us here: According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Angels “were letting clubs know today” that 25-year-old right-hander Jordan Walden is available through a trade. Walden served as the Angels’ primary closer…

  16. Done deal: Angels sign Ryan Madson to one-year contract

    Nov 28, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    ryan madson getty

    UPDATE: Madson passed the physical exam, so it’s a done deal. He gets $3.5 million in upfront money, plus a $2.5 million “roster bonus” and up to $1 million in incentives based on games finished. So he’s guaranteed less than half of what he got from the Reds last offseason and can earn up to…

  17. Ryan Madson close to a deal to become the Angels closer

    Nov 27, 2012, 7:25 AM EDT

    ryan madson getty

    Jon Heyman reports that Ryan Madson are close to signing a deal.  It would be for one year. Heyman says that Madson would become the Angels closer, and that Ernesto Frieri would set up. The financial terms are not yet known. Madson missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. In 2011 he…

  18. UPDATE: The Dan Haren-for-Carlos Marmol swap is not happening

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

    Dan Haren AP

    UPDATE: Oh boy. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com was told by a source that the deal is off. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that Carlos Marmol would have signed off on the trade, but the Cubs pulled the deal off the table for some reason. It could be because of the money involved or the medicals…

  19. Angels tie record, fan 20 Mariners in 5-4 victory

    Sep 26, 2012, 2:07 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The Angels tied a major league record Tuesday as five pitchers combined to fan 20 batters in a 5-4 defeat of the Mariners. Zack Greinke struck out 13 and allowed one run in his five innings of work, but with his pitch count up to 110, the Angels decided to pull him early. That didn’t…

  20. Ernesto Frieri has gone from unhittable to untrustworthy for the Angels

    Sep 21, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    Ernesto Frieri was absurdly good for the Angels after they acquired him from the Padres on May 3, allowing zero runs in his first 26 appearances while some people asked things like “how can someone with a 0.00 ERA not make the All-Star team?!” In those first 26 shutout appearances for the Angels he had…

  21. And the Angels’ season just went up in flames

    Sep 15, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

    Salvador Perez

    Zack Greinke did his job, shutting out his old team, the Royals, for eight innings on Saturday. Ernesto Frieri didn’t do his. After coming in with one on and one out in the ninth, he gave up back-to-back homers to Billy Butler and Salvador Perez, giving Kansas City a 3-2 win over the Angels. Mike…

  22. Angels beat the Red Sox in the stupidest game of 2012

    Aug 24, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

    Pedro Ciriaco

    Craziest? Wildest? No, I’m sticking with stupidest. The Angels edged the Red Sox 14-13 in 10 innings Thursday. Some highlights: – Boston blew a six-run lead by giving up eight runs in the top of the third – The Angels put together said eight-run inning without the benefit of an extra-base hit. They did, however,…

  23. Ernesto Frieri finally gave up a run, admits to being human

    Jul 16, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    Ernesto Frieri came into yesterday’s game against the Yankees with a 0.00 ERA in 26.1 innings spread over 26 appearances for the Angels since they acquired him from the Padres in early May, but he’s perfect no more. Frieri walked Robinson Cano to lead off the ninth inning, Mark Teixeira followed with a two-run homer,…

  24. Angels put Jordan Walden on disabled list with bicep strain

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    walden getty

    It’s been a rough couple months for Jordan Walden. The 24-year-old right-hander opened the season as the Angels’ unchallenged closer after saving 32 games alongside a 2.98 ERA in 2011, but that role was eventually transferred to newcomer Ernesto Frieri, who’s been dominant. And now Walden is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained…

  25. 2012 midseason awards: AL Cy Young

    Jul 5, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Chris Sale

    The AL Cy Young balloting turned into a rout last year, as Justin Verlander lapped the field on his way to taking league MVP honors. At the midway point, this year’s Cy is still very much in doubt. Here’s the league top 10 in ERA: Jered Weaver (LAA): 9-1, 2.13 ERA, 68/21 K/BB in 88…

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