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It's understandable that Los Angeles Angels reliever Ryan Madson would look to any method possible to get back on the field. He is far-removed from Tommy John surgery - 14 months now - but is still struggling with elbow issues, and he has yet to pitch this season. In fact, Madson has not pitched since 2011. So when asked, Madson says he thinks if HGH were legal, it could be beneficial in helping athletes heal.
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com says Madson thinks HGH may to be such a bad thing if made available to players. And he's probably right. However, HGH is not legal, and it doesn't seem like it will be for the forceable future. There are too many side effects associated with the substance for it to be legalized. And it can be misused to gain an unfair advantage.
"If HGH were legal," Madson said, "just in the process of healing, under a doctor's recommendation, in the right dosage, while you're on the [disabled list], I don't think that's such a bad idea -- as long as it doesn't have any lasting side effects, negative side effects"
It's refreshing to see an athlete talk openly about their opinions. Especially on a topic as taboo as performance-enhancing drugs. Madson made it clear that he understands in its current form HGH is illegal and it would be cheating to take. He reiterated he has never taken it.
"Right now," Madson said, "it's cheating. I've never done anything like that, and I won't."
Madson is not the only athlete to think HGH could help them heal. Plenty have surely used it, but the most well-known case is that of Andy Pettitte. When named in the Mitchell Report, Andy Pettitte came forward and explained he had used HGH to help heal from an injury. Nothing more. Most believe him.
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For Madson, the answer will be continued rehab and hope that he can return soon. In his most recent setback, Madson experienced elbow inflammation that ultimately shut him down. Madson is back to playing catch and hopes to make it back soon, but there is still no timetable on his return. His frustration is obvious, but he says he will never consider a return by any other means than working hard and rehabbing.
But at least he's talking about the other routes some players take. That's more than can be said for most.
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