The Halos opened camp in Tempe to pitchers and catchers yesterday, meaning not only that baseball season is officially here (yay!), but also that all the little tweaks, twinges, and sorenesses that pitchers have been mum about in the last few weeks will come to light (which is considerably less fun).
New closer Ryan Madson showed up to camp yesterday with the news that his Tommy Johned elbow has been bothering him since the beginning of February and that he’s been ordered to shut it down indefinitely, per Alden Gonzalez.
While I’m imagining all sorts of doom and gloom scenarios in which Madson pulls a Pedro Feliciano and never once takes the mound in Anaheim, I think I may be getting ahead of myself. Even if all had gone perfectly in the lanky right-hander’s rehab, conservative estimates still had him starting the season on the DL and being activated two or three weeks in. Hence the incentive-laden contract.
Best-case scenario the elbow soreness is just the surrounding muscles adjusting to their new ligament neighbor and he’ll be back on the hill in a few weeks. Worst-case scenario: .
Ernesto Frieri and his new change-up will likely take on the closer role to start the year, which I think he can probably handle. I hear he may have done it before.
In happier news, fellow Tommy John alumnus Michael Kohn showed up to camp at 100 percent and will likely battle with Bobby Cassevah for the final bullpen spot. No word on whether Kohn’s new elbow ligament comes with fewer walks.