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Madson has scar tissue removed, feels better

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ANAHEIM -- Two weeks ago, Halos reliever Ryan Madson was scheduled to throw a simulated game at Angel Stadium and his return to baseball appeared to be on the horizon.

However, the simulated game did not go as planned, and Madson felt tightness in his arm shortly after he finished -- tightness that had not been there in bullpens leading up to the simulated game.

"I'd probably be playing right now if that had gone well," Madson said.

On Thursday, Madson -- who spent the past week in Arizona getting treatment -- planned to play catch prior to the game against the Orioles.

"It feels better now, but that could just be the non-throwing," Madson said.

Madson did not throw a baseball while he was in Arizona, but used his time there to get the scar tissue removed from his elbow.

Scar tissue is a regular part of the recovery from Tommy John surgery. It usually tears off while a pitcher is throwing and rehabbing, but that never happened with Madson, so the tissue was manually removed.

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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