After 11 days away from the mound, Royals reliever Ryan Madson said Wednesday he no longer feels lingering soreness in his right arm. He intends to throw a bullpen session Thursday, his first in a week. Manager Ned Yost hopes Madson could return to action for Kansas City this weekend against the Chicago White Sox.
“His shoulder feels much, much better,” Yost said. “His elbow feels much, much better. So he’s getting closer.”
Madson has not pitched since Aug. 22 against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. He felt fatigue in his arm, which was sore to the touch even through this last weekend as the Royals played the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Madson missed 2012 to 2014 because of complications from Tommy John surgery.
Signed to a minor-league deal this spring, Madson earned a spot on the big-league roster and established himself as a vital cog in the bullpen. The club could use him here in September. In addition to missing Madson, the Royals will be without reliever Kelvin Herrera for at least two weeks due to the chickenpox.
Yost was concerned about over-using his other relievers to compensate for the absence of Herrera and Madson.
“We’ve got to get somebody back,” Yost said. “We’re just killing (Luke Hochevar) and Chris Young. We need to get the balance back in there.“