All of the good feelings for Ryan Madson can't change the cold, hard math of the calendar.
The Angels reliever said Sunday he's starting to turn the corner in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, but the remaining steps he described might not leave time for him to pitch at all before the Angels leave Arizona.

Madson said he is hoping to be on a mound early next week. Because he hasn't been on the mound since a setback on Feb. 1, after only his fourth bullpen session, he estimated he would need eight bullpen sessions before pitching in a game. Eight bullpen sessions, with no setbacks, would take about three weeks. The Angels have just four weeks until opening day.

Madson said it's too early for him to try to predict when he'd be ready in the season.
"I just have to see how it responds to adding mound work," he said. "I feel great. I feel like my arm is coming back. I feel like my mechanics are the same. I'm gaining ground now."