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  1. Angels GM Jerry Dipoto says Ernesto Frieri will be the closer next season

    Nov 23, 2013, 2:31 PM EST

    Ernesto Frieri AP

    The Angels have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for free agent closers this winter, but the team isn’t planning on making any changes. Or at least that’s what they are saying right now. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was on MLB Network Radio on Sirius-XM yesterday and told host Mel Antonen that Ernesto…

  2. The Uehara Phenomenon

    Oct 18, 2013, 1:13 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    So, you probably know that this year Boston’s Koji Uehara proved to be harder to reach base against than any pitcher in the history of baseball. That’s a pretty good thing. Here’s the list of the Top 10 WHIPs in baseball history, pitching at least 50 innings: 1. Koji Uehara, 2013, 0.565 2. Dennis Eckersley,…

  3. Raul Ibanez hits 300th career home run, ties a Ted Williams record

    Sep 22, 2013, 1:01 AM EST

    Raul Ibanez

    In the top of the ninth inning against the Angels, Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez hit a solo home run to right field off of closer Ernesto Frieri. The blast was the 300th of Ibanez’s 18-year career, becoming the 137th player in Major League Baseball history to join the 300-homer club. The home run was also…

  4. Red Sox beat Blue Jays to clinch AL East

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:57 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Jon Lester struck out eight in seven innings and Koji Uehara picked up a five-out save Friday as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-3 on Friday and clinched the AL East title. Lester allowed just one run in seven innings to improve to 5-1 in his last seven starts. He’s turned in nine…

  5. Isn’t this why we have an infield-fly rule?

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:01 PM EST

    Ernesto Frieri

    With the Twins down 1-0 to the Angels, runners on first and second and none out in the ninth today, Justin Morneau hit a little popup to the right of the mound. Angels closer Ernesto Frieri, employing some quick thinking, let the ball drop and turned it into a 1-3-6-3 double play. He followed that…

  6. Ryan Madson had another setback

    May 23, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

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    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Angels reliever Ryan Madson was finally making some progress in his rehab from last season’s elbow surgery, but he’s suffered yet another setback. Madson felt soreness in his elbow after a one-inning rehab appearance at Single-A last week and hasn’t pitched since. As you’d expect Madson sounds…

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

    May 15, 2013, 8:28 PM EST

    madson angels getty

    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…

  8. Ryan Madson makes first rehab appearance

    May 14, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    Ryan Madson AP

    After numerous setbacks Ryan Madson finally got back on the mound in a game yesterday, making his first minor-league rehab appearance with a scoreless inning at Single-A. Madson pitched the ninth inning and picked up the save by retiring all three batters he faced, with William Boor of MLB.com reporting that he was clocked at…

  9. Ryan Madson throws off mound for first time since cleanup procedure on troublesome elbow

    May 5, 2013, 11:18 AM EST

    ryan madson getty

    Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times reports that rehabbing Angels reliever Ryan Madson tossed a bullpen session Saturday for the first time since undergoing a procedure last week to remove scar tissue from his surgically-repaired right elbow. Madson felt fine during the mound workout, but there is still no timetable for his 2013 debut. He…

  10. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 23, 2013, 6:46 AM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox 9, Athletics 6: Just yesterday Mike Napoli was named player of the week for last week. He’s making a bid for a repeat now, hitting a grand slam and driving in five runs here. Overall he has 25 RBI in 19 games. Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1: Chris Tillman had a one hitter…

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

    Apr 17, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

    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…

  12. Angels outlast the Reds in Opening Day marathon

    Apr 1, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

    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…

  13. Ryan Madson is having more elbow problems

    Mar 19, 2013, 3:15 PM EST

    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…

  14. 2013 Preview: Los Angeles Angels

    Mar 16, 2013, 1:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:16 PM EST

    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…

  16. Ryan Madson to throw bullpen session Monday

    Mar 9, 2013, 5:32 PM EST

    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…

  17. Ernesto Frieri adds two pitches to arsenal

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:33 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 24, 2013, 5:54 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 20, 2013, 5:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 16, 2013, 2:34 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 13, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

    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…

  22. Ryan Madson undergoing MRI on troublesome right elbow

    Feb 12, 2013, 6:37 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 11, 2013, 4:46 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2012, 5:15 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:58 PM EST

    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…

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