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Ryan Madson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/28/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Ryan Madson (arm) will throw a bullpen session Thursday and is hoping to be available this weekend.
Madson hasn't pitched since August 22 due to a case of dead arm. The veteran reliever boasts a 2.45 ERA in 55 relief appearances this season for the Royals and should be in line for a nice payday over the winter if his health cooperates down the stretch. Sep 2 - 5:29 PM

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Ryan Madson hasn't pitched since August 22 because of a dead arm.

Prior to this season, Madson hadn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011, so the fatigue is understandable. He's been a valuable setup man for Kansas City, posting a 2.45 ERA across 55 appearances. Opponents have hit just .207 against the right-hander this year.
Aug 29 - 4:53 PM

Ryan Madson pitched a pair of hitless innings Thursday against the White Sox.

Madson's comeback is off to a terrific start, with just one run and five hits allowed over 7 2/3 innings. It doesn't really make him an AL-only option, but it's nice rooting for him.
Apr 24 - 12:44 AM

Royals purchased the contract of RHP Ryan Madson from Triple-A Omaha.

It's been reported previously that Madson wasn't expected to make the Opening Day roster, but perhaps the Royals decided to keep him around so he wouldn't exercise his opt-out. The former closer hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 due to continuous elbow problems.
Apr 5 - 2:52 PM

Ryan Madson worked a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's 3-0 shutout of the Mariners.

Madson's results have been a bit inconsistent during the spring, which is to be expected of a player who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 due to continuous elbow problems. The veteran reliever won't make the Royals' 25-man roster and can opt out after spring training, but he could head to Triple-A Omaha to serve as depth in the hopes of a mid-season call-up.
Mar 26 - 6:46 PM

Ryan Madson has an opportunity to opt out of his contract at the end of spring training.

Madson isn't expected to break camp with the Royals, but he told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that the thought hasn't crossed his mind. Madson has a 4.50 ERA in six spring innings, and he's likely to be assigned to Triple-A Omaha to start the season.
Mar 25 - 10:05 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star believes that it's unlikely that Ryan Madson earns a spot in the Royals' Opening Day bullpen.

Royals manager Ned Yost has been impressed by what he's seen out of Madson thus far in Cactus League play, there just doesn't appear to be a spot for him in the bullpen to begin the season. He's likely to begin the season at Triple-A Omaha but should get an opportunity with the big league club at some point during the year.
Mar 15 - 10:31 PM

Ryan Madson allowed a solo home run in his Cactus League debut Monday as the Royals defeated the Brewers.

Madson, slow to begin the spring due to back stiffness, served up a solo home run to Matt Long in the sixth inning. He also recorded a strikeout in the process. Madson hasn't appeared in a regular season game since the end of 2011 and isn't likely to join the Royals out of spring training, but a return to form in the minors could lead to a mid-season call-up.
Mar 9 - 7:43 PM

Ryan Madson (back) is expected to play catch on Tuesday.

Madson suffered a minor back injury doing squats over the weekend and was scratched from pitching on Monday. The veteran right-hander signed a minor league deal with the Royals in January and is likely to serve as bullpen depth in the minors until he can prove he can be effective and healthy.
Mar 3 - 11:45 AM

Ryan Madson was scratched from the Royals' throwing schedule Monday due to back stiffness.

It's not a serious issue. Madson hasn't appeared in a major league game since the 2011 season due to chronic elbow issues and is doubtful to crack the Royals' Opening Day bullpen. He signed a minor league contract with Kansas City in January.
Mar 2 - 1:41 PM

Ryan Madson (elbow) threw a live batting practice session Sunday.

It's the first time since August of 2013 that Madson has faced hitters, as he's been plagued by elbow issues the last few years. The former closer is in camp with the Royals trying to win a bullpen spot as a non-roster invitee.
Feb 22 - 3:22 PM

Royals signed RHP Ryan Madson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick passed along the news. Madson hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 due to elbow problems and sat out the entire 2014 season. It's not clear at this point how healthy his arm is or what his velocity is at, but on a minor league deal he's worth a shot. Madson will have trouble producing any fantasy value in a loaded Kansas City bullpen.
Jan 4 - 8:23 AM

Todd Zolecki of reports that the Phillies are unlikely to sign Ryan Madson.

They've been one of the clubs tracking Madson's progress, but the reliever wants a major league deal and Philly doesn't appear eager to give it to him. "Our reports were good when we saw him, so he's going to sign somewhere," general manager Ruben Amaro said. Madson was reportedly touching 93 mph during a workout last week.
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 05:13:00 PM

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals were one of the teams in attendance at Ryan Madson's throwing session Friday.

The Nationals came away impressed, as Madson reportedly touched 93 mph during the session. It is believed that about 15 teams were present, including the Red Sox. The Phillies have also expressed interest in a reunion. Madson should decide on a team soon, though he will likely have to settle for a minor league deal given his recent elbow issues.
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 01:20:00 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports the Red Sox were one of the teams in attendance at Ryan Madson's throwing session Friday.

There were somewhere close to 15 teams in attendance, so the Red Sox weren't alone in their interest in Madson's recovery. The team is set at closer with Koji Uehara returning, so the team's interest in Madson would likely be as a setup man. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported the 33-year-old touched 93 mph during the most recent session, and he should have a job sooner than later.
Sat, Feb 8, 2014 05:57:00 PM

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