ANAHEIM -- Ryan Madson didn't just sit around while getting treatment in Arizona last week.
For the first time since mid-May, he progressed far enough in his throwing program to get on the mound.
Madson, confined to throwing off flat ground for about a month, threw three bullpen sessions in Tempe, Ariz., while the Angels were on a six-game road trip last week. The 32-year-old right-hander is throwing off the mound once every three days, with his next turn coming Thursday, and hopes to appear in rehab games again in a couple of weeks.
It's pretty much Spring Training mode for him, "but it's gathering quicker without having to push it," Madson said. He's throwing at only 60- to 70-percent intensity, and the late stages of his rehab have been littered with multiple setbacks, but he's encouraged nonetheless.
"It could be a lot worse -- I could be having pain at 60 or 70 percent," said Madson, who previously got as far as a rehab game for Class A Inland Empire on May 13. "I think I'm just going to be a little smarter, when I feel 100 percent healthy, to not go out there and throw 100 percent for a while. That's what I'm going to try and do. It's hard … but I'm going to try to stay under 100 percent. Even when I get there, even when I say, 'Oh, I can rip on it,' I'm going to conserve it more this time."
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.Less