Skip to content

Mark Mulder not ruling out another comeback attempt

Feb 16, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

Mark Mulder AP

Mark Mulder received some sad news yesterday when tests revealed that he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon while doing agility drills prior to a bullpen session. The left-hander was well on his way to pitching again in the Majors after a five-year layoff due to persistent shoulder problems, but he now yet more adversity to deal with.

Mulder, 36, isn’t ruling out another comeback attempt, but he also isn’t exactly guaranteeing one, either. Via Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com:

Mulder didn’t necessarily rule out a return, though. He’ll know a lot more when he meets with the doctor who will perform his surgery on Monday. But rehab will be somewhere between five and eight months, which means the earliest he can come back is 2015.

Asked if he’d like to pitch again, the 36-year-old left-hander said: “I’d love to say yes, but I don’t know. I have to wait and see what the doctors say — see what the process is of how healthy I can get it, how good it feels.”

Many across baseball expressed sympathy for Mulder, including manager Mike Scioscia and former Athletics teammate Tim Hudson. Scioscia said, “This guy worked so hard. He was legitimately throwing the ball close to where he was in his prime.” Hudson said he was “sick to my stomach” (via Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area).

  1. braddavery - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I LOVE a good comeback story… hate these ones.

  2. 78mu - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    A lot of people were hoping he could do it. If he can’t at least he has a WS ring.

  3. markofapro - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Guess the little Angels should’ve pursued Garza a little harder?

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Who's outside looking in on playoffs?
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. R. Castillo (2560)
  2. J. Hamilton (2005)
  3. J. Heyward (1942)
  4. M. Trout (1930)
  5. D. Ortiz (1879)
  1. J. Ellsbury (1826)
  2. S. Pearce (1811)
  3. C. Kershaw (1792)
  4. D. Jeter (1789)
  5. A. Pagan (1739)