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Down Goes Madson

February 12th, 2013
Anyone seen my glove?

Anyone seen my glove?

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.



  • sleepy49er says on: February 12, 2013 at 11:51 am


    Sounds like another professional atlhlete milking the system. He takes his physical all is fine, signs on the dotted line and gets his $. He shows up to work and his elbow is sore. Hummm.. The Angels need to move on, chock it up as learning experience and start signing players with charactor not just talent. The A’s seemto be doing OK.

    I am fine with Frieri, he will only be better this year because he has charactor and seems to love the game.

    • Hudson Belinsky says on: February 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm


      I think that’s a bit extreme. Madson was always expected to have some issues getting healthy and he’s more of a high risk high reward option than a sure thing. He might miss significant time in 2013, but if he can get on the field, he could be excellent. The deal has incentives for time spent on the active roster and games finished, so there’s definite incentive for Madson to be healthy.

    • Nathan Aderhold says on: February 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm


      I understand the sentiment, but I don’t think it’s fair to say that Madson is “milking the system.” As the Napoli, Liriano, and Jurrjens situations have borne out this winter, teams are very keen to ensure they have their bases covered when it comes contracts and injuries.

      As Hudson said, Madson’s contract with the Halos is incentive-driven, so they expected a potential setback or two. Elbows are incredibly unpredictable, and one’s with new ligaments are especially so.

  • sleepy49er says on: February 13, 2013 at 2:49 am


    good to here he has some incentives to get out there, but either way Frieri is fine as closer.

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