Madson to undergo MRI on sore elbow

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Ryan Madson, who hasn't thrown since experiencing soreness in his last bullpen session on Feb. 1, is expected to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

The Angels want to make sure there isn't anything structurally wrong with Madson, who's recovering from Tommy John surgery that was performed last April. If the exam comes back clean, the 32-year-old right-hander will be cleared to resume throwing.

General manager Jerry Dipoto reported that the MRI is standard operating procedure for a player recovering from surgery and dealing with a temporary setback. Dipoto has said that the target for Madson's return to the field -- at some point around mid-April, with Opening Day technically possible, but a bit too ambitious -- hasn't really changed.

A bad result on the MRI, of course, could change that entirely.

Even with a clean MRI, the Angels won't get a true gauge on where Madson is until he starts appearing in games around the middle of March. But they won't rush him.