Ryan Madson could return to the Angels soon

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Angels reliever Ryan Madson may join the team soon as he gets ready to make a rehab start with Single-A Inland Empire tomorrow. Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times reports Madson hit 94 MPH with his fastball during an extended spring training game yesterday and may only need to make one rehab start before rejoining his team.

Madson hasn’t thrown a pitch in the Majors since September 28, 2011 with the Phillies. He signed with the Reds for the 2012 season on a one-year, $8.5 million deal but had to have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and missed the entire regular season. The Angels picked him up during the off-season on a one-year, $3.5 million deal hoping for better luck. When he was healthy, he was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball, but he is now 32 years old.

Red Sox to activate Dustin Pedroia from disabled list on Friday

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Manager Alex Cora said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Pedroia, 34, had cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in late October. He played in only 105 games last season, batting .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBI in 463 plate appearances. His offensive stats were his worst since an abnormally-bad 2014 campaign.

The 34-15 Red Sox have baseball’s best record. Eduardo Nunez has mostly been handling second base in Pedroia’s place, hitting a disappointing .243/.261/.361 in 177 trips to the plate. He has also, by most metrics, played subpar defense at the position, so getting Pedroia back will be a boon.