Madson’s recovery from Tommy John hits a snag …

You would’ve expected Ryan Madson to be in a good mood Monday, while getting his physical with his new team and for the start of a Spring Training camp that would vault him back to game action after missing all of last year due to Tommy John surgery.

But his elbow’s barking again.

Madson hasn’t thrown for 10 days. He threw his fourth bullpen session of the offseason on Friday, Feb. 1, then experienced soreness for the next couple days and followed up on Monday with Angels doctors, who advised him to temporarily shut it down. Madson, signed to an incentive-laden contract with the hope that he’d be the Angels’ closer early in the season, is hoping it’s only a muscular issue and is still targeting Opening Day on April 1.

He may have to temper that desire a bit, though.

“That’s the hardest thing,” Madson said. “I didn’t think I was pushing it very hard. I was trying to go with the schedule. But that schedule led me to the beginning of the season, so I wanted to stay on that, and I don’t know if I pushed it too hard, too early. I mean, everybody’s body is different.

“I’ve been feeling pretty good until the last little bit. I don’t know if I amped it up too much getting excited and it wasn’t ready. I don’t know.”

Madson, who had Tommy John on April 11, hasn’t received an MRI yet and doesn’t expect to throw at least within the next couple days. The 32-year-old right-hander said his arm felt good enough to throw on Monday, but doctors advised him to continue to play it safe.

If Madson opens the season on the disabled list, which is starting to look likely, Ernesto Frieri would probably start the year off as the Angels’ closer.

“I’m discouraged,” Madson said, “because I just wanted to go and not have any hang-ups.”


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