Angels pitcher Ryan Madson takes a step forward.

Ryan MadsonRyan Madson is throwing again.

The Angels pitcher, who’s seen his recovery from Tommy John surgery progress in fits and starts, resumed his long-toss program Thursday. It was the first time he’s thrown since April 23 — eight days ago — when he experienced a recurrence of pain in his surgically repaired right elbow.

“I felt good,” Madson said immediately after coming off the field. “A few more days of long toss, then I’ll try to get back on a mound.”

Madson threw in excess of 100 feet Thursday. How quickly Madson progresses will depend on how he feels in the coming days, and there’s no guarantee that he’ll be able to avoid another setback. But progress is progress, and the injury-depleted Angels will take any good news they can get right now.

It’s been exactly one year and three weeks since Madson had Tommy John surgery on his elbow.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.