TEMPE, Ariz.--Ryan Madson’s return from Tommy John surgery hit a minor snag when the reliever experienced tightness in his elbow after last Thursday’s bullpen session, a setback that prompted the right-hander to tweak his exercise and throwing program to meet the more rigorous demands of throwing off a mound.
Madson, who has thrown off a mound only twice since Feb. 1, played long-toss on Tuesday, and he is expected to throw off a mound again “in the next day or two,” Manager Mike Scioscia said.
The former Philadelphia Phillies closer, who had surgery last April and was shut down for several weeks after a Feb. 1 bullpen session, will open the season on the disabled list. The Angels remain hopeful he will be game-ready by late April.
“I definitely feel a lot stronger than I did when I was throwing in January,” Madson said Tuesday. “The elbow is strong, more healthy, more mature. The intensity level is where I’ve run into problems. It’s tightened up a little bit after the bullpens, and we’re trying to figure out why.”