Instead, Madson -- now a year and two weeks post-Tommy John surgery -- is receiving treatment in Arizona and still trying to overcome that final, elusive hurdle. His expectations of joining the Angels before the end of the month, which he expressed after an encouraging bullpen session at Target Field on April 16, have all but vanished due to some tightness he felt in that sim game seven days ago.
But Angels manager Mike Scioscia won't go so far as to say Madson has suffered any sort of setback.
"He wasn't set back for any other reason than normal rehab and trying to get over the final hump," Scioscia said. "That's what rehab is. At times you're going to take a step forward, at times you're going to plateau. He's certainly ready for the challenge of facing hitters."
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