TEMPE, Ariz. -- An MRI test has showed mild inflammation but no significant damage to Ryan Madson's surgically repaired elbow, a huge relief for the Angels reliever.
However, Madson will not resume throwing for at least another week, and he is expected to open the regular season on the disabled list.
"I was pointing toward the season opener, and I think that maybe got me into a little bit of trouble," said Madson, the former Philadelphia Phillies closer who missed the 2012 season because of Tommy John surgery. "Now, I don't have a set date in mind. I'm just going to listen to the trainers and let my arm do its thing."
Madson had thrown off a mound four times before being shut down because of elbow soreness after a Feb. 1 bullpen session in Anaheim. He will spend at least a week strengthening his arm and will be reevaluated before resuming his throwing program.
"I'm not disappointed that I have to wait another week to throw," Madson said. "This gives me peace of mind. It's just a...