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Kansas City Royals sign veteran Ryan Madson to minor-league deal

Philadelphia Phillies closer Ryan Madson throws in the

Philadelphia Phillies closer Ryan Madson throws in the top of the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. (Aug. 8, 2010) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals have signed veteran right-hander Ryan Madson to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

The 34-year-old Madson hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011, when he was 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 29 saves for the Phillies. He signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati for the following season, but he was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in spring training.

Madson attempted a comeback with the Angels last season but made only one appearance for Class-A Inland Empire before hurting his elbow again.

Madson is 47-30 with a 3.59 ERA and 52 saves in 491 big league appearances.

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