Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com has an update on Ryan Madson, noting that the Angels right-hander threw 30-pitch bullpen session yesterday “ramping up the intensity to an estimated 70-80 percent.”
It was Madson’s fourth throwing session since being shut down due to elbow soreness in early February and then again two weeks ago.
According to Gonzalez there’s no timetable for Madson to appear in a game, let alone join the Angels’ bullpen. At the very least he seems likely to miss all of April. And whenever he does return it seems highly unlikely that the Angels would stick to their previous plan of immediately making him their closer.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.