Madson to attempt new comeback strategy: ‘I may not throw 100 percent’

Angels reliever Ryan Madson is attempting a new strategy in his return from Tommy John surgery.

After several setbacks, the pitcher the Angels hoped would challenge for their closer role has decided he won’t throw all-out until he absolutely has to.

Currently on the 60-day disabled list, Madson is throwing bullpen sessions off a mound every third day.

“I may not even throw 100 percent until I’m in a major league game,” Madson said. “When I feel healthy again, I need to be a little smarter. Even when I think ‘Oh, I can rip one,’ I need to conserve more until I feel more comfortable.”

The closer for the Philadelphia Phillies 2008 championship team estimates he’s throwing at about 60 percent now and will throw at approximately 80 percent when he is allowed to pitch in a rehabilitation game. He last pitched May 12 when he recorded a six-pitch save for Single-A Inland Empire.

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