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Madson's brief outing encouraging to Angels

CHICAGO -- Ryan Madson threw a very encouraging simulated game in Arizona on Saturday morning, prompting the Angels to stick with their best-case scenario for the 32-year-old right-hander: Pitch in a rehab game for Class A Inland Empire on Monday, then again on Wednesday, and perhaps join the Angels' bullpen after that.

That can change by the day, of course, but manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher watched video of Madson's one-inning outing and felt he threw very well, mixing in good changeups and going up to 94 mph with his fastball.

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"One thing is, you don't want a guy down there wasting bullets if he's ready," Scioscia said. "He does need a little work, but he doesn't need to be stretched out to 30 pitches. If he's showing he can bounce back, we can monitor his usage here [in the big leagues]. I'd rather have him twice a week than not at all."

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

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