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MLB Injury News:
It’s been a long road back from Tommy John surgery for
right-hander Ryan Madson. The Los Angeles Angels were hoping he’d be in their
bullpen by now, but he continues to go through rehab, receiving treatment on
his recovering elbow. While the road before him remains long and uncertain,
Madson took an important step toward his return earlier this week, throwing off
a mound for the first time since mid-May, according to Alden Gonzalez of
Madson had been limited to throwing off flat ground for the
past month. He’s now throwing off a mound once every three days, with his next
session coming today. If all continues to go well, he could begin his minor
league rehab appearance in the next couple of weeks.
While a stint in the minors is on the horizon, Madson
realizes he still has a long road ahead of him. However, he’s trying to be as positive
as he can despite previous setbacks.
"It could be a lot worse -- I could be having pain at
60 or 70 percent," said Madson, who previously got as far as a rehab game
for Class A Inland Empire on May 13. "I think I'm just going to be a
little smarter, when I feel 100 percent healthy, to not go out there and throw
100 percent for a while. That's what I'm going to try and do. It's hard … but
I'm going to try to stay under 100 percent. Even when I get there, even when I
say, 'Oh, I can rip on it,' I'm going to conserve it more this time."
Madson missed the entire 2012 season due to injury. He last
appeared in the majors in 2011 as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies when he
maintained an ERA and WHIP of 2.37 and 1.154 while compiling 32 saves over 62
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