Found February 15, 2014 on Players View:

The remarkable comeback story of left-handed pitcher Mark Mulder will have to wait: the 36-year-old ruptured his Achilles tendon on Saturday, the second day of Spring Training. He had signed a minor-league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, looking to re-ignite his career after spending the past five years as an ESPN analyst. Initial reports on Saturday had Mulder going in for x-rays after suffering an ‘ankle injury’ sustained during agility drills. That injury turned out to be a ruptured Achilles tendon, which notoriously takes an extended period of time to heal. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times updated the story with the bad news: Mark Mulder is not expected to pitch this year. Ruptured Achilles is a serious injury that takes months to recover from. #Angels — Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) February 15, 2014 Mulder and the Angels were optimistic that his body would hold up long enough to contribute this season, and had he began the season in the Halos’ rotation his $1 million salary would have kicked in. Had he remained in the rotation for the full year, incentives would have pushed the $1 million base salary up to $5 million. Instead, he now finds himself shelved for at least most of the season, if not the entire year. On his Twitter page, Mulder expressed both resilience and frustration: 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. — Mark Mulder (@markmulder20) February 15, 2014 Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto, on Mulder’s injury: I’m crushed for him because I know how hard he worked to get to this point. With Mulder now out of the picture for the 2014 Angels, the team will likely look to Wade LeBlanc, Matt Shoemaker and Joe Blanton should it need additional help past its initial pitching corps. As for Mulder, it’s unclear if he will resume his comeback attempt once the Achilles injury heals. Photo via Getty Images The post Mark Mulder ruptures Achilles, expected to miss 2014 season appeared first on Players View.

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