Angels release injured reliever Ryan Madson

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Ryan Madson’s tenure with the Angels is officially over. According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the team announced this evening that the injured reliever has been released.

After missing the entire 2012 season following Tommy John surgery, Madson signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Angels last November. The plan called for him to serve as the team’s closer this season, but numerous setbacks with his surgically-repaired elbow prevented him from ever pitching for the club. The closest he got was a single minor league rehab appearance back on May 13.

Gonzalez reported at the end of July that Madson’s rehab had “plateaued again,” so it’s highly unlikely we’ll hear from him again this season. The 32-year-old hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since the NLDS in 2011, so he’s not going to have another multi-million dollar contract waiting for him this winter.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman not considering demoting struggling Greg Bird

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.

GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”

Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.

Chris Archer threw behind Jose Bautista

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Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.

Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.

The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.