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Madson feels good after playing catch

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ANAHEIM -- Angels reliever Ryan Madson has once again started a throwing program, but the right-hander has been down this road before during a lengthy comeback trail from last year's Tommy John surgery.

Madson played catch in the outfield at Angel Stadium on Friday afternoon for the second straight day. He said he felt better following the session than he did on Thursday, the first time Madson had thrown since experiencing inflammation in his right elbow following a Minor League rehab appearance on May 13.

"I'm happy, I'm having a great day," Madson said before Friday's opener against the Astros. "It was as good as it could be."

Madson said he hasn't felt any inflammation in his right arm since he resumed his throwing program. But he's also learned from previous comeback attempts that ended in disappointment.

"I'm just getting back into it slowly," said Madson, who has not appeared in a Major League game since 2011. "I'm not going to push it. I thought I had it whupped a couple of times. It's hard. It's a challenge."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia is pleased with Madson's progress, though there remains no timetable for him to make another rehab appearance.

"It's very encouraging," Scioscia said. "He's feeling better today. Any day that he comes out and feels better is a step in the right direction. Hopefully we'll see him progress again this next week."

As Madson put it, "The saga continues."

Austin Laymance 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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