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Report: Angels' Madson supports HGH for injuries

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Injured Los Angeles Angels reliever Ryan Madson, who hasn't pitched in a game since the 2011 playoffs, told MLB.com recently that he's in favor of human growth hormone (HGH), as long as it's monitored by doctors.

The 32-year-old has experienced complications from an elbow reconstruction in the spring of 2012.

"If HGH were legal," Madson said, "just in the process of healing, under a doctor's recommendation, in the right dosage, while you're on the [disabled list], I don't think that's such a bad idea -- as long as it doesn't have any lasting side effects, negative side effects."

Madson added: "Right now, it's cheating. I've never done anything like that, and I won't."

"But I will still believe, even if I get healthy without that, that it should be legal ... for the only purposes to help heal and get players back in the Major Leagues. Because people want to watch them, because of their talents, just to get them back on the field to play. That's it. I think it would be good for the game; I think it would be good for the fans. Fans want to see the best players play, and they want to see the players that they watch come back from injury and stay back."

Madson admitted to MLB.com that he isn't knowledgeable in HGH and its effects. He was speaking as a frustrated, injured player trying to get healthy.
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