Originally written April 17, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Ryan Madson is feeling pretty close to normal.  After suffering through an entire season missed in 2012 thanks to Tommy John surgery, Madson expected to be ready for Opening Day this year.  Unfortunately, he developed tightness in his elbow and was shut down.  Now, he is nearing his return.  Finally. Madson said today was the "closest I've felt to normal." Will face hitters in a few days; expects to be activated by end of month. #AngeIs — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 16, 2013 The Los Angeles Angels signed Madson to replace Ernesto Frieri as their closer this season.  He was poised to take on that role out the gate, but the spring training setback has forced him back into a regimen of rehab and worry.  However, it seems the worry is fading away and we may see Madson before the calendar rolls to May. Madson was signed by the Cincinnati Reds after the 2011 season, but he never pitched a regular season game for them.  He suffered a torn UCL and missed the entire 2012 season.  This past offseason, the Angels decided to take a chance on Madson and signed him to a one-year, $3.25 million deal. In his career, Madson is 47-30 with a 3.59 ERA.  He only truly became a closer in 2011 with the Phillies.  That year, Madson posted a 2.37 ERA and saved 32 games for Philadelphia.  However, the club decided to go out and sign Jonathan Papelbon rather than keep Madson around.  The Angels are hoping Madson can get back to his 2011 form quickly. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })(); Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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