Madson throws Saturday morning bullpen session

Madson throws Saturday morning bullpen session

ANAHEIM -- After having scar tissue removed in Arizona and going two weeks without throwing from a mound, Angels reliever Ryan Madson got back on the hill Saturday.

Madson, recovering from a Tommy John surgery that's kept him out of Major League games since September 28, 2011, threw a bullpen session Saturday morning.

The Angels will monitor Madson's bullpen and see what the next step is.

"There's so much that goes into throwing a bullpen as far as not only how you feel in the 'pen, but rebounding," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Just throwing the 'pen is only part of the equation, how he feels tomorrow, how the next 'pen goes. It's a process that you have to keep clearing some hurdles, and hopefully we moved ahead with some things in the last little time we shut down."

Madson threw a simulated game two weeks ago, but felt tightness shortly after and had not thrown off of a mound since. However, Madson did play catch on Thursday.

Although he went a while without picking up a baseball, Scioscia does not believe the setback added any significant time to Madson's recovery.

"If he has some good bullpens, he's probably closer to pitching in games then he was when he was throwing the sim-game," Scioscia said.

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