Angels right-hander Ryan Madson worked through a 40-pitch bullpen session Tuesday without problems and is hoping to return by May 1 from a sore elbow that forced him to miss spring training.
The next step in his recovery is to pitch to live hitters on Friday.
"This is the closest I've felt to being normal," Madson said. "I felt great today. No issues at all."
The Angels would welcome Madson's return to their short-handed bullpen. Reliever Kevin Jepsen is on the disabled list and Garrett Richards has replaced injured starter Jered Weaver in the rotation.
"We'll evaluate how he's throwing and where he fits in," manager Mike Scioscia said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Madson will take whatever role he's given in the bullpen when he returns. He just wants to get back on the mound.
"It's totally up to them," Madson said. "I'm here for a reason, but I just want to pitch and get outs."