Angels Release Mark Mulder

The Angels have released left-hander Mark Mulder, tweets Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. Mulder's comeback attempt was cut short by a freak injury in which he ruptured his Achilles tendon during agility drills.

The former All-Star signed a minor league deal with the Angels in January that would have allowed him to earn as much as $6MM in incentives. Mulder was a workhorse from 2001 to 2005 for the Athletics and Cardinals, averaging 211 innings per season with a 3.65 ERA. However, shoulder issues limited him to just 106 innings from 2006 to 2008, his last year in the big leagues. He had worked as an analyst with ESPN since 2011.

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8 Comments on "Angels Release Mark Mulder"

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

Too bad, really would have been a great story and the Angels really needed a successful reclamation project.

1 year 5 months ago

Ouch! Not very agile, apparently.
Unfortunate circumstance for MM. He seemed to be coming along pretty well, considering how long he’d been out of the game.

1 year 5 months ago

Sad ending to his career. My wife always had a crush on him. I guess its back to the announcing booth for him.

1 year 5 months ago

Sad, but inevitable.

1 year 5 months ago

Bummer. He was proving to be a very unique test case with pitchers coming back after a very extended layoff period.

1 year 5 months ago

I wouldn’t say sad, but definitely unfortunate. I’m not quite sure what the Angels expected, though. It seemed pretty obvious he wasn’t going to come back and be a successful pitcher.

1 year 5 months ago

If he came back again he still wouldn’t be as old as Tim Hudson. Why not give it another go next spring.

1 year 5 months ago

Worst comeback attempt ever.