For the first time in six weeks, the new closer for the Los Angeles Angels has thrown off a mound. After suffering a UCL tear and undergoing Tommy John surgery, Madson was working his way back this year. He looked ready for Opening Day until he had a setback. Now, he's trying to get back into shape and ready for Opening Day.
According to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times, Madson threw off a mound for the first time since suffering the setback. He threw 20 pitches as he tries to ease back into things. Madson had been throwing from flat ground before this mound visit.
"It was just nice and easy, just to get back up on the hill," Madson said.
Madson proved to be a successful closer in his short time with the job in Philadelphia. When the Phillies decided to sign Jonathan Papelbon, Madson signed with the Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately, he suffered the injury and did not pitch for them.
Now, Madson is all set to close out games in Anaheim. He will surely take it easy throughout spring, though. The last thing he wants or the Angels want is another setback.
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