• Ryan Madson last threw a bullpen session on Thursday, and he is expected to throw another one -- his third since a Feb. 1 setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery -- "within the next couple of days," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday. Madson will throw mostly fastballs again, Scioscia added, because he's "got to keep repeating that fastball delivery until that feels good, then he'll mix in his others." The Angels don't expect Madson to appear in any Cactus League games, but are hopeful he can get in some Minor League contests before Spring Training ends.
• The Angels acquired right-handed reliever Mike Cisco from the Phillies on Sunday for "no compensation," even though he posted a 1.80 ERA in 40 appearances in the Minors last year and is said to be healthy. The Phillies had an excess of pitching in Double-A and Triple-A and wanted him to go somewhere he'd have a chance to pitch on a staff. Cisco will work out of the Angels' Minor League camp and is expected to pitch out of the Double-A Arkansas bullpen this season.
• Garrett Richards was stretched out to five innings while pitching in a Minor League game at the Angels' complex Sunday, giving up one run and throwing approximately five innings. Richards is being stretched out this spring, but is likely to end up with one of the vacant bullpen spots. "Whatever role may be on this team this year, I'm prepared to do whatever," Richards said. "I made it clear to them that I don't care what it is, whether it's starting or relieving. I just want to be on the team."
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