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Ryan Madson should be allowed to take HGH


We linked this MLB.com story the other day with respect to the unfortunate health situation of Ryan Madson. But there was another part of it that caught Deadspin’s eyes, and they wrote a substantial post about it today. It was Ryan Madson legitimately wondering how things might be different if he were allowed to pursue the same medical options that you, me and your momma are allowed to:

“If HGH were legal,” Madson said, “just in the process of healing, under a doctor’s recommendation, in the right dosage, while you’re on the [disabled list], I don’t think that’s such a bad idea — as long as it doesn’t have any lasting side effects, negative side effects.”

He said he wouldn’t do it or even discuss it now because of MLB’s rules, but:

“I will still believe, even if I get healthy without that that it should be legal, in the right dosage, under supervision, with doctors, for the only purposes to help heal and get players back in the Major Leagues. Because people want to watch them, because of their talents, just to get them back on the field to play. That’s it. I think it would be good for the game; I think it would be good for the fans. Fans want to see the best players play, and they want to see the players that they watch come back from injury and stay back. I think it would be a good thing.”

Hard to see what the harm would be in that. Any other drug or medical procedure that a physician prescribes, performs or supervises is OK, so why not HGH? Assuming, of course, a legitimate physician would use it for what Madson’s ailments. At the moment, though, Madson and his doctors can’t even explore the possibility.

Imagine a world where baseball banned LASIK, arthroscopic surgery, antibiotics or other medical procedures that help players get better. Crazy, right? They’re doing that with a lot of substances now. I hope that, as the science gets better and more specific and useful applications of drugs and procedures now on the banned list become more useful and commonplace, baseball opens its mind about them.

Ryan Madson: “I’m just frustrated, I really don’t have any answers”

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It’s been three weeks since Ryan Madson’s latest setback and Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels right-hander has yet to resume throwing off a mound.

Madson has been throwing off flat ground, but he’s clearly sick of what is now a two-year recovery from Tommy John surgery, telling Gonzalez:

I’m just frustrated. I really don’t have any answers. I just really want to pitch, really bad. I’ll do anything. Anything. But it seems like there really isn’t much to do, other than let it heal.

When the Angels signed Madson to a one-year, $3.5 million deal in November they did so with the intention of making him their closer, but now he’s 14 months removed from surgery and potentially in danger of not throwing a pitch for a second straight season.

Ryan Madson had another setback

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Angels reliever Ryan Madson was finally making some progress in his rehab from last season’s elbow surgery, but he’s suffered yet another setback.

Madson felt soreness in his elbow after a one-inning rehab appearance at Single-A last week and hasn’t pitched since. As you’d expect Madson sounds pretty frustrated, telling William Boor of MLB.com: “I can’t believe it’s taken this long.”

Madson hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since the 2011 playoffs for the Phillies and obviously when/if he does join the Angels’ bullpen at some point it’ll be as a setup man to closer Ernesto Frieri.

Angels plan to keep rehabbing reliever Ryan Madson in the minor leagues for “several weeks”

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Ryan Madson was hoping to finally join the Angels’ bullpen this weekend. But that will not be happening.

According to beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the right-hander is going to spend “several weeks” on a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake before being cleared to pitch in the major leagues. Madson thinks he’s ready right now, but he has experienced multiple setbacks in his nearly 14-month recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and the Angels want to play this cautiously.

“I can pitch here today and get people out,” Madson told reporters Wednesday evening. “That’s just how I feel.”

The 32-year-old inked a one-year, $3.5 million free agent contract with the Halos this past winter. He was expected to open the season as their closer, but Ernesto Frieri is currently running away with that job.

Ryan Madson makes first rehab appearance

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After numerous setbacks Ryan Madson finally got back on the mound in a game yesterday, making his first minor-league rehab appearance with a scoreless inning at Single-A.

Madson pitched the ninth inning and picked up the save by retiring all three batters he faced, with William Boor of MLB.com reporting that he was clocked at 90-92 miles per hour. Prior to undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery Madson averaged 94 mph with his fastball.

Madson is already eligible to come off the disabled list, so it’s just a matter of convincing the Angels that he’s ready to be an asset in the bullpen. In his absence Ernesto Frieri has grabbed hold of the closer role, so Madson would likely be eased in as a setup man.