In the first real injury news of the spring (it's still winter, really), the Los Angeles Angels have received some bad news regarding Ryan Madson. Their new closer, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, suffered a minor setback in his recovery. Madson has not thrown in 10 days because of it.
According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Madson experienced soreness in a bullpen session which has raised concerns.
First setback of spring for #Angels: Closer Ryan Madson had soreness after last pen session on Feb. 1 and hasn't thrown in 10 days.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) February 11, 2013
Madson was signed to be the Cincinnati Reds' closer last season, but he suffered a torn UCL and had to undergo Tommy John surgery shortly before the season began. The injury was thought to be a huge blow to the Reds who had gone out and paid $6 million for their presumed closer. Instead, the Reds marched on to the second-best record in baseball.
This isn't to say Madson is not valuable. Because he is. Madson saved 32 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011. Philadelphia was all set to make him their long-term closer before switching gears and signing Jonathan Papelbon instead.
Madson will be entering his first season with the Angels. In his career, he has 52 saves and a 3.59 ERA.