Angels release oft-injured RHP Ryan Madson

The Los Angeles Angels have released right-handed reliever Ryan

Madson, who never pitched for the team while attempting to return

from elbow ligament replacement surgery.

The Angels abruptly announced the move Monday before the first

pitch of their game against Texas.

”This was an upside gamble that I deemed worth the risk, and

unfortunately it did not transpire for either Ryan or the club,”

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said.

Los Angeles signed Madson to a one-year, $3.5 million deal in

late November, hoping the former Philadelphia closer could fill the

same role in Anaheim.

But Madson developed elbow soreness during spring training and

never made it back to the big leagues with his hometown Angels

despite rehabilitation assignments and extra work in Arizona.

”We signed Ryan with the belief that he would return to the

mound this season and positively impact our team,” Dipoto said.

”It became increasingly more apparent to us that he was not going

to pitch for the Angels this season. Our medical team has spent

much time, effort and resources in the effort to facilitate a

healthy return. It’s been a long and difficult process for all

involved.”

Madson hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2011, having

season-ending surgery in April 2012 after signing an $8 million

deal with the Cincinnati Reds. Madson also never pitched for the

Reds.