Ryan Madson throws off mound for first time in six weeks

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Ryan Madson threw off a mound yesterday for the first time since his comeback from Tommy John surgery was shut down on February 1 when he experienced elbow soreness.

Madson threw 20 pitches and afterward told Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times that “it was just nice and easy, just to get back up on the hill.”

However, those 20 pitches were all fastballs and Madson was throwing at less than full effort, so he’s all but guaranteed to begin the season on the disabled list and the Angels figure to go with Ernesto Frieri as their Opening Day closer.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.