Angels release reliever Ryan Madson

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Ryan Madson's Angels career is over before it began. (USATSI)
Ryan Madson's Angels career is over before it began. (USATSI)

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Veteran reliever Ryan Madson, whose struggles serve as a lonely reminder than nothing is to be assumed with regard to a pitcher's recovery from Tommy John Surgery, has been released by the Angels.

Madson underwent the procedure in April 2012 and, thanks to a number of setbacks, has since managed to throw only one inning -- that lone frame coming as part of an abortive rehab assignment with Class A Inland Empire earlier this season.

In November of 2012 the Angels signed Madson to a one-year, $3.5 million deal, and in January of that same year the Reds inked him to a one-year, $8.5 million pact with a $2.5 million buyout for 2013. He threw a pitch for neither major-league club.

Madson, age 32, has a 3.59 ERA (122 ERA+), 1.29 WHIP and 2.86 K/BB ratio across parts of nine major-league seasons, all of which were with the Phillies.

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