Whether it's a "setback" or simply a normal part of the rehab process may be an issue of semantics, but Ryan Madson isn't happy about his throwing program being shut down for 10 days, and counting.
"I'm discouraged, because I just wanted to go out there and not have any hangups," Madson said Monday.
When the Angels signed Madson to be their closer, they acknowledged there was some risk because he is coming back from Tommy John surgery in April 2012. A normal 12-month rehab process would have put Madson on the bubble for being ready by opening day, and Madson still hopes he can be.
"That's my goal," Madson said. "I think there's still a shot, but I'm not sure until I start throwing again."
Madson said he felt soreness in his elbow after his Feb. 1 bullpen session and he hasn't thrown since. He said he was feeling better Monday than he had, but the team is still holding him out. He is not expecting to be cleared to throw on Tuesday, the first scheduled workout for pitchers and catchers.
Manager Mike Scioscia said he was not concerned with Madson's progress.
"He is obviously at the last stages of his rehab where he's on the mound throwing, and his elbow is going to tell him how it feels," Scioscia said. "Some days he will move ahead. Rehab is up and down. We definitely expect him to be ready at some point in April, whatever time it might be."
The news was better concerning another pitcher rehabbing from surgery, starter C.J. Wilson. The lefty, who had bone chips removed from his elbow in a procedure shortly after the season, said he is not at all restricted as spring training begins. Wilson said he normally doesn't throw off a mound at all until spring training, but this year he has done so four times.
"I felt good and wanted to get my mechanics dialed in earlier," he said. "Last year I was only concerned with arm strength. Now I want to work on control and feel."
Angels' Madson slowed by elbow soreness, Scioscia not worried
Orange County Register | Feb 12