CINCINNATI -- It hit home for Ryan Madson on Tuesday that he was truly in the baby-steps portion of rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
Madson, the closer who tore a ligament in his elbow during Spring Training before he could ever throw a pitch in a game for the Reds, worked with physical therapist Christy Schuckman. It was the first chance to take off the brace he'd been wearing on the elbow.
"It was like 10 minutes of work for the whole day. That was weird," said Madson, who was in the Reds' clubhouse for the first time. "She said that was all we can do. We'll see how it feels tomorrow. ... She said that's going to be my first four weeks, right there."
The Reds signed Madson, the former Phillies closer, in January to a one-year, $8.5 million contract with an $11 million mutual option for 2013. But with a rehabilitation expectation of at least 11 months, he will not appear in a game this season.
Madson, 31, had his surgery performed a couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum, and not by Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek. It was a decision derived out of convenience for the Southern California resident rather than medical preferences.
"I liked either one," Madson said. "I sat down with my agent, Scott Boras, and went over some things. We decided the easiest thing to do was to have it there at home, be able to recover at home, and it would be the best environment. That was really the only deciding factor for me. I have everything there. I was totally confident with Kremchek as well. I told him that."
Madson hoped to resume throwing in about four months. Although he will visit Cincinnati from time to time to be with the Reds, he planned to return to California on Friday and will do the bulk of his rehab with the Angels' medical team.
"I should be in good hands there," Madson said. "Hopefully I will get some throwing in before the season is over."