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  1. Ryan Madson could return to the Angels soon

    May 12, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson AP

    Angels reliever Ryan Madson may join the team soon as he gets ready to make a rehab start with Single-A Inland Empire tomorrow. Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times reports Madson hit 94 MPH with his fastball during an extended spring training game yesterday and may only need to make one rehab start before rejoining…

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

    May 5, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

    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…

  3. Another setback for Ryan Madson

    Apr 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson AP

    Ryan Madson hasn’t faced a Major League hitter in a regular season game since September 28, 2011. He signed with the Reds on a one-year, $8.5 million deal for the 2012 season, tore his UCL ligament during spring training, and had to have Tommy John surgery which ended his season before it ever began. The…

  4. 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…

  5. Angels sign Mark Lowe

    Mar 27, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Released by the Dodgers earlier this week, right-hander Mark Lowe has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Angels. Lowe has struggled to stay healthy for most of his career, but throws hard and had a 3.63 ERA in 88 appearances for the Rangers during the past two seasons, posting a 70/32 K/BB ratio in…

  6. Ryan Madson is throwing at “70-80 percent intensity”

    Mar 26, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson AP

    Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com has an update on Ryan Madson, noting that the Angels right-hander threw  30-pitch bullpen session yesterday “ramping up the intensity to an estimated 70-80 percent.” It was Madson’s fourth throwing session since being shut down due to elbow soreness in early February and then again two weeks ago. According to Gonzalez…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Reds won’t disclose how they’ll handle Aroldis Chapman’s workload as a starter

    Feb 16, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    The Reds are stretching out left-hander Aroldis Chapman this spring in preparation for moving him to the starting rotation. However, while the club plans to handle his workload responsibly, they aren’t willing to say much more. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said today that the team doesn’t plan to…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Ryan Madson is “ahead of schedule” in his Tommy John surgery recovery

    Jan 18, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    madson getty

    Ryan Madson is expected to be the Angels’ closer if he’s healthy for Opening Day following Tommy John elbow surgery that wiped out his entire 2012 season and general manager Jerry Dipoto says the right-hander is “on or ahead of schedule.” Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Madson threw off a mound…

  20. Brian Wilson has narrowed down his list of potential landing spots

    Dec 28, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson AP

    We haven’t heard much about Brian Wilson recently, but CBS Sports’ Scott Miller reports that he’s drawing “lots of interest” in free agency. While he isn’t close to signing yet, he has narrowed down his list of potential landing spots from nine or 10 teams to around five. It’s not clear if any of those…

  21. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  22. 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…

  23. Angels still pursuing bullpen help, interested in Sean Burnett and Mike Adams

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto continues to search for bullpen help after missing out on Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa. Fujikawa chose the Cubs, perhaps in part because he wanted a chance to be a closer and the Angels had just signed Ryan Madson to more or less fill that role. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com says…

  24. The Dodgers aren’t looking at Brian Wilson

    Dec 2, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Well, this is a first. The free-spending Dodgers have no plans to make a run at non-tendered closer Brian Wilson, sources told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Wilson was said to be quite interested in pitching in SoCal with the Dodgers or Angels, but both teams have already signed closers this winter. The…

  25. Brian Wilson isn’t happy with the Giants

    Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Giants Wilson Baseball

    Brian Wilson was the most noteworthy name among those who were non-tendered last night. There’s still a chance he could return to the Giants at a discounted rate, but Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that his tenure in San Francisco is almost certainly over. The Giants technically can negotiate a lower-priced, incentive-rich…

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