Ryan Madson was seen throwing off flat ground today in Tempe, but manager Mike Scioscia told reporters that the Angels’ presumptive closer still has no timetable to get back on a mound.
That’s essentially the status quo. Madson was dealing with soreness and inflammation in his right elbow last week. An MRI came back negative but his throwing program was put on hold. Opening day looked like a longshot for Madson then and still does now.
The 32-year-old missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery.
At least the Angels don’t have to rebuild their bullpen from scratch. They can just go back to what (sometimes) worked for them last year — Ernesto Frieri in the ninth, Kevin Jepsen in the eighth, Scott Downs in the seventh — plus free-agent newcomer Sean Burnett.
Oh, about Burnett: He left camp today with stiffness in his lower back to undergo an MRI.
Stay tuned. The Angels’ bullpen is officially on watch.
Things are heating up in Arizona, literally and figuratively. These links are tepid at best:
• A nice entry on John Thorn’s blog today about the 1924 “World’s Colored Championship.”
• The next time you see Nick Franklin on the field for the Seattle Mariners, just remember: He eats a lot.
• The Brewers sound ready to roll the dice with former Angel Jean Segura as their everyday shortstop.
• This ought to go over well in Dallas: Josh Hamilton says that Dallas is “not a true baseball town.”
• David Bowie’s version of “Wild is the Wind”: