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46 Ryan Madson RP
Height/Weight: 6-6/210 | Birthdate: 8/28/1980 | Birthplace: Long Beach, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $3,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/2
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Royals RP Ryan Madson dealing with extreme case of dead arm


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/29/2015) Royals relief pitcher Ryan Madson is dealing with a significant case of dead arm, according to The Kansas City Star.

Madson has not pitched since Aug. 22 because of severe soreness in his right arm.


Ryan Madson snags save for Royals while Greg Holland rests


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2015) A heavy workload for Greg Holland lately gave Ryan Madson a save opportunity Sunday against the White Sox.

No sweat.

Madson retired the side in order in a taut one-run game, fanning Carlos Sanchez and Giovany Soto to end it. It was his second save of the season.


Royals RP Ryan Madson records save on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Royals reliever Ryan Madson earned his first save since 2011 in Saturday's 7-6 extra-innings win over the White Sox. Madson came on and pitched a scoreless 13th inning to preserve the victory.

Madson is in the midst of a resurgent season in 2015, as he owns a 1.91 ERA in 40 games, after not pitching in the big leagues in three years. His last save came on September 26, 2011 as a member of the Phillies.


Royals RP Ryan Madson overcomes the odds to thrive again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Ryan Madson believed the odds on his return to a big-league mound was one or two percent. So what he has accomplished this season is 100 percent amazing.

Tommy John surgery and failures that followed forced Madson into an early retirement. He had not pitched since 2011. The former lights-out closer for Philadelphia was done.

Madson was frustrated at not being able to dictate the terms of his departure from baseball, but he was content spending more time with his family than he had ever been able to do as a major league pitcher.

"There was always a small buzz that I could come back," Madson told the New York Times. "But I knew it was so far away. So much work had to be done. Even guys that retire and stay retired, they have that 1 or 2 percent that they want to go back and play. I don't know how many years that lasts. But I think I was in that category. I thought I was truly done."

Not so fast. Madson began teaching baseball fundamentals to young players, including a standout prospect near his California home. That led to a chance meeting with current Royals special assistant Jim Fregosi Jr., who once scouted Madson. One thing led to another and Madson earned a tryout with Kansas City. A strong spring training resulted in him snagging a spot in their bullpen.

He has taken his opportunity and run with it. In 17 appearances he boasts a 1.83 ERA, the best of his 10-year career. He has just four walks and 20 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings. And he has the admiration of his teammates.

"It really is remarkable what he's doing right now," said fellow pitcher Chris Young. "Granted, I never played with him, but I've played against him, and his stuff is as good as I've ever seen."


Ryan Madson, Franklin Morales, Paulo Orlando make Royals' roster


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Ryan Madson, Franklin Morales and Paulo Orlando earned the last two spots on the Royals' Opening Day roster. 

The RHP Madson was a non-roster invitee who earned a spot with his spring performance. Madson had a 3.00 ERA in nine games, with two saves. 

LHP Morales was also a non-roster invitee. He went 2-0 in the spring with a 6.55 ERA. 

Orlando, an outfielder, earned the last position player spot. 

To set the roster, the Royals sent LHP Brian Flynn to Omaha and placed LHP Tim Collins and RHP Luke Hochevar on the 15-day DL. 


Royals considering eight-man bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Royals have yet to decide on the team's final 25-man roster and are deciding between carrying an extra position player or breaking camp with an eight-man bullpen, MLB.com reports.

Manager Ned Yost would prefer to carry another outfielder, with Paulo Orlando the most likely option to fill that role.

"Probably having the extra position player [helps me]," Yost said. "You're looking at pinch-running opportunities, defensive opportunities late in games. You're looking at whatever helps you get that one run you might need to win a game."

The team doesn't want to see pitcher Ryan Madson depart, but carrying him on the initial roster would almost certainly mean using an eight-man bullpen, as the Royals don't believe he's ready to assume full-time work.

"You would like to take him on your club," Yost said. "But I still feel like he needs to be protected. ... I've really liked what I've seen. But he hasn't pitched in three years. It's all a guess. Can he be that guy [again]? Yeah. But we haven't seen him in back-to-back games. How does he rebound? We don't know."

The Royals likely won't settle on a final roster until Sunday so they can appraise the moves other teams make over the next few days.


Brian Flynn will have tough time making Royals' staff


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Royals pitcher Brian Flynn will have a tough time making the Major League roster, according to a report by the Kansas City Star.

Flynn had a 1.50 ERA in nine games this spring, and manager Ned Yost said he was one of the best pitchers in camp. However, the Royals would risk losing either Ryan Madson or Louis Coleman if they sent either of those pitchers down. Flynn still has options available. 


Ryan Madson has opt-out with Royals but would consider AAA


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Ryan Madson confirmed to the Kansas City Star that he had a "gentleman's opt-out" clause in his contract with the Royals that would allow him to field offers from other teams, if the Royals try to send him down.

Madson said that he'd be willing to accept a demotion to Triple-A Omaha, if no other team offers him a Major League roster spot.


Royals' Ryan Madson can opt out at end of camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Royals pitcher Ryan Madson said Wednesday he has an opt-out clause in his contract at the end of camp but that the possibility of opting out has not crossed his mind, the Kansas City Star reports.

Madson signed a minor-league deal with the Royals this offseason and is looking to return from elbow issues that have kept him from pitching in the majors since 2011. He has allowed five runs (three earned) in six innings while striking out four and walking none this spring.


Royals' Madson working on 'drop and drive' more toward the plate


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Royals reliever Ryan Madson has been working with pitching coach Dave Eiland improve his delivery. He was taught to be less upright in his delivery and to "drop and drive" more toward the plate, according to MLB.com.

"I think being so upright is what may have caused my elbow injury to begin with," Madson said, "and it may have prevented me from coming back as well as I wanted to after [the Tommy John surgery in 2012]."


Royals RP Ryan Madson (back) expects to play catch Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Royals reliever Ryan Madson, who injured his back doing squats over the weekend, expects to play catch Tuesday after being scratched from throwing Monday, per The Kansas City Star.

Royals RP Ryan Madson scratched Monday due to back stiffness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Royals reliever Ryan Madson was scratched from throwing Monday due to back stiffness, per The Kansas City Star. The team said it was a precautionary move.

Royals' Ryan Madson faces hitters for first time since 2013


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Royals relief pitcher Ryan Madson faced batters for the first time since 2013 on Sunday, according to the Kansas City Star.

Madson has dealt with elbow injuries over the past half-decade which has kept him from making a major league appearance since 2011. During that season, he saved 32 games in 34 chances for the Phillies.

The Royals signed Madson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training in January.


Royals reach deal with reliever Ryan Madson


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/4/2015) Former Phillies closer Ryan Madson agreed to a minor-league deal with the Royals that includes an invitation to spring training, reports ESPN.com. Elbow injuries have kept Madson out of the majors since 2011, when he saved 32 games in 34 chances for the Phils.

Madson, 35, was with the Angels' organization in 2013 before sitting out all of last season, the report said.


Phillies could be out on Ryan Madson, who wants MLB deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) The Phillies may not have interest in signing free-agent pitcher Ryan Madson , MLB.com reports, citing Madson's request for a guaranteed major-league contract as well as a potentially revealing quote by general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr.

"Our reports were good when we saw him, so he's going to sign somewhere," Amaro said.

Madson hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 with the Phillies due to elbow issues. He spent 2012 with the Reds and 2013 with the Angels but didn't make an appearance for either team.


Brewers curious about Ryan Madson, but not active pursuer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2014) The Brewers watched the recent workout of former Phillies closer Ryan Madson , but their interest falls into the category of due dilligence rather than keen attraction, per MLB.com. He has not pitched in the majors since 2011 and is still recovering from Tommy John surgery.

"We haven't discussed it at length much," said general manager Doug Melvin. "Out of curiosity we went to see him, but I haven't contacted his agent [Damon Lapa] since. ... He missed two complete years, that's the only thing right now. But he did throw fairly well."

Reports were that Madson threw consistently at 91 mph and peaked at 93.


Nationals latest team to show interest in Ryan Madson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) The Nationals were impressed with the report they received from their scout who attended reliever Ryan Madson's workout Friday, a source told The Washington Post. Madson reportedly hit 93 mph on the radar gun.

The Red Sox and Phillies are also reportedly interested in signing the veteran right-handed pitcher, who has missed the last two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.


Boston has interest in Ryan Madson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) The Red Sox were present for reliever Ryan Madson's workout in Arizona Friday, per The Boston Globe. Boston has been interested in Madson for some time and have waited patiently for him to complete the rehab process coming off Tommy John surgery.

Ryan Madson firing at 93 mph in workout


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2014) Ryan Madson was popping his fastball at 93 mph in a workout Friday in front of representative from about 15 teams, per ESPN, which is further reporting that multiple clubs have expressed an interest in him.

Madson last pitched in the major leagues for Philadelphia in 2011. His return from Tommy John surgery was delayed by complications.


Phillies interested in bringing back Ryan Madson


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2014) Former Phillies closer Ryan Madson is not on the verge of returning to Philadelphia, but they will be on hand when he throws Friday in Arizona for prospective teams.

Madson is trying to prove he is a worthy signing after recovering from complications from Tommy John surgery that have kept him sidelined the last two years. He was among the better closers in the game in 2011.

"There are several guys in that boat," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. said via MLB.com. "We'll have our eyes on these guys who are working on coming back from injury or surgery."

It remains to be seen if Madson is seeking a guaranteed major league contract. That could turn off the Phillies.


Report: Mets still in market to sign closer-type reliever


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2014) The Mets are still in the market to sign a closer-type reliever, a source unaffiliated with the club told ESPN. The source believes Fernando Rodney is the team's top target, but the team would likely consider Kevin Gregg, Ryan Madson and Joel Hanrahan as well.

Closer Bobby Parnell has expressed confidence in bouncing back from neck surgery, but the Mets don't have much of a safety net.


Ryan Madson scheduled for Feb. 7 workout


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Free-agent pitcher Ryan Madson will hold a full public workout for interested teams on Feb. 7 in Phoenix, ESPN.com reports.

Tommy John surgery has de-railed Madson's career, as he hasn't pitched in either of the last two seasons. In his most recent action, he posted a 2.37 ERA while saving 32 games with the Phillies in 2011.


Ryan Madson drawing interest


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Former Angels pitcher Ryan Madson is drawing interest from three teams, according to FoxSports.com.

The Phillies, Red Sox and Royals have all expressed interest in Madson. The 33-year-old has not pitched in the majors since 2011 due to two arm surgeries. 


Mutual interest in Ryan Madson, Phillies reunion


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The Phillies are interested in bringing reliever Ryan Madson back into the fold, and CSNPhilly.com reported Friday the feeling is mutual.

Madson has not pitched in the majors since 2011 due to Tommy John surgery, last appearing with the Phillies. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported recently Madson has been working out for teams as part of his comeback bid. 


Ryan Madson auditioning for teams


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/18/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that free agent reliever Ryan Madson has been working out in front of representatives from interested teams. Madson has not pitched in a major league game in two years, as he continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery.

The one-time Phillies closer has already been scouted by the Red Sox and several other teams this offseason.