ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- 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.
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 with the Angels and he never made it back to the big leagues with his hometown Angels despite rehabilitation assignments and extra work in Arizona.
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.