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Madson pleased with progress in bullpen sessions


ANAHEIM -- Ryan Madson's recovery from Tommy John surgery continues to progress and the reliever feels his return is on the horizon.

"It's gotten progressively better in the last week," Madson said.

For the second time in three days, Madson threw a bullpen session Thursday and all reports were positive. It was the first time he took only one day off between sessions. Previously he had been throwing every three days.

The right-hander threw 30 pitches -- mixing in fastballs and changeups -- at 100 percent intensity, then took a breather to simulate the gap between warming up and getting in the game before finishing with five more pitches.

"Velocity is coming and [he] really felt good through it," manager Mike Scioscia said. "As important as it is for Ryan to feel good through his workouts, I think how he rebounds is equally as important. He seems to be bouncing back a little better each time he has a workout and that's encouraging."

The Angels are still anticipating a return in late April or early May.

"I threw 100 percent off the mound in Arizona, but the next five days were terrible," Madson said. "That's been my problem, I couldn't recover, but now that's the highlight. It's been able to react better."

Although Madson is happy with the way his elbow has been responding, he knows there is work to do. He still seeks consistency with his mechanics and knows throwing off the mound as often as possible will help him regain his form.

"I still want a lot more out of it," Madson said. "I'm not excited. I'm happy that I can go out there and throw, but I'm not excited."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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