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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Ruptured Achilles ends Mulder’s comeback attempt with Angels

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Thanks to a new throwing motion, veteran left-hander Mark Mulder planned to attempt a comeback this season after five years away from the game. His career had been derailed by shoulder problems back in the day.

The Angels gave Mulder a minor league contract because hey, why not? It’s a no risk move. Unfortunately, the comeback attempt is over before it could really even begin.

...What an awful, awful break. Even if he wanted to continue his comeback attempt, the Achilles injury would sideline Mulder for the entire season and he’d have to wait until 2015. At age 36 and already five years removed from his last MLB action, that just isn’t realistic. Mulder is taking the news well, his family ... not so much:

I can handle this. But seeing my son in tears when he saw me in a boot and crutches and I told him I wasn’t going to pitch. That was tough.

Repoz Posted: February 15, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 15, 2014 at 08:25 PM (#4657474)
Poor bastard. I'm sure he is somewhere drinking right now.
   2. Shredder Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:35 PM (#4657499)
Awful. The Times article the other day was really encouraging. Would have been great story aside from how much the Angels need pitching.
   3. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:44 PM (#4657504)
Yeah - this sucks on every level.

The team could have used him.

He needed to reestablish himself and he had a track record of success.

Reports were strong re: his arm, too.

This just sucks.

Hello, Joe Blanton.
   4. Bourbon Samurai Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:07 PM (#4657506)
Lame
   5. Lassus Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:14 PM (#4657510)
I WANT TO BELIEVE
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:52 PM (#4657518)
So, is he available? Ruben Amaro is interested.
   7. Lars6788 Posted: February 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM (#4657521)
LOL to the Angels fans who thought Mulder was going to help the team in any little sort of way - guy didn't even throw one pitch in a bullpen session and he's done!
   8. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 16, 2014 at 12:30 AM (#4657522)
Ha ha ha, yeah! Wwho couldn't see an Achilles tendon rupture coming for a guy who had a rotator cuff injury? ROTFL, this is the dumbest thing the Angels and their fans have assumed since expecting Nick Adenhart to stick in the rotation.
   9. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: February 16, 2014 at 01:23 AM (#4657526)
Considering they made an offer for Garza, shouldn't the Angels consider bringing Santana back?
   10. Dr. Vaux Posted: February 16, 2014 at 01:32 AM (#4657527)
Why didn't Garza's agent go back to the Angles with the Brewers' offer, and why didn't they top it? It must be because the Angels front office, as I think they've practically admitted, got mad and pulled the first offer when he didn't accept it immediately. That's not the way to sign free-agents.
   11. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: February 16, 2014 at 01:34 AM (#4657528)
Why didn't Garza's agent go back to the Angles with the Brewers' offer, and why didn't they top it?


Because he thought they were being obtuse in negotiations?
   12. JE (Jason) Posted: February 16, 2014 at 07:18 AM (#4657550)
On the bright side, maybe ESPN will welcome him back to Bristol? He was a pretty good analyst.
   13. Jason Michael(s) Bourn Identity Crisis Posted: February 16, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4657685)
Sucks. I hope he is able to give it another go next season, if he chooses to.
   14. AROM Posted: February 16, 2014 at 05:09 PM (#4657789)
He needed to reestablish himself and he had a track record of success


Such a long time ago. Last time Mulder was a really good pitcher was a full decade ago. Like the first half of 2004. Something happened in the later part of 2004 (ending with the Angels blowing him out to steal the division in the last week). His 2005 with the Cards was done with smoke, mirrors, and good defensive support. He's been a quality pitcher only slightly more recently than Chuck Finley.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 16, 2014 at 05:35 PM (#4657799)

Why didn't Garza's agent go back to the Angles with the Brewers' offer, and why didn't they top it?


Why didn't anyone top it? Probably because they're scared of his medicals and didn't think he was worth it.
   16. Squash Posted: February 16, 2014 at 09:45 PM (#4657842)
Last time Mulder was a really good pitcher was a full decade ago. Like the first half of 2004. Something happened in the later part of 2004 (ending with the Angels blowing him out to steal the division in the last week).

That 2004 season was painful watching Mulder. He was THE big pitcher story in the first half - went into the break 12-2, started the All Star Game, looked like he was on pace to "finally" get his Cy Young, and then just completely fell apart in the second half and never came back. That final start I was hoping the A's would skip him and go to Blanton instead, who had pitched all of 4.1 major league innings at that point. That's how toast Mulder was.
   17. Poster Nutbag Posted: February 16, 2014 at 10:26 PM (#4657854)
16 - I think most A's fans had similar feelings because I remember that as clearly as if it were just last season
   18. Al Kaline Trio Posted: February 17, 2014 at 08:04 PM (#4658257)
I wanted to see him pitch again. Those 2 hour long games that he pitched shutouts or close were a thing of beauty.

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