It wasn’t all that long ago that Ryan Madson was among the elite relievers in Major League Baseball. But in those few short years that have passed, Madson has dealt with numerous injuries and was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in 2012. There was hope Madson would return in 2013 but a handful of complications from the surgery prevented that, which lead to the Anaheim Angels releasing Madson.
That has sparked the interest of multiple clubs, including the Boston Red Sox who have been scouting the former closer:
#RedSox among many teams that have scouted Ryan Madson recently. Last pitched in ’11. Had Tommy John surgery in ’12, various setbacks in ’13
Madson’s nothing more than a low risk, high reward type talent.
As we’ve seen with other players who’ve underwent similar operations (for example, Brian Wilson), it’s possible for Madson to return and be an effective arm once again. Of course, everybody is built differently and their bodies don’t react the same, so that’s not to say Madson will return to form – just that it isn’t out of the question.
He’ll likely sign with a team in the coming weeks, assuming all checks out medically.