Mulder not ready to give up on career
The Sports Xchange
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - INSIDE PITCH
spring training with the Los Angeles Angels, said he plans to resume an attempted comeback interrupted by injury.
Mulder, who turned 37 on Tuesday, said in a text message he would continue to pursue pitching in the major leagues. A torn Achilles' tendon on the first day of spring workouts cost Mulder a chance to make the Angels' roster.
The two-time member of the American League's All-Star team had not pitched since 2008, his last season in the majors.
From 2000-05, Mulder was one of baseball's most formidable pitchers. He joined right-hander Tim Hudson and left-hander Barry Zito to form the core of the Oakland Athletics' stellar rotation. In 2001, the 23-year-old Mulder lead the American League with 21 wins and finished second to the New York Yankees' Roger Clemens in voting for the Cy Young Award. Three years later, Mulder received the victory for the American League in the All-Star Game.
In four of his five seasons with Oakland, Mulder never won fewer than 15 games and lost no more than nine.
Mulder continued that success in his first season with the St. Louis Cardinals by going 16-8 in 2005. But shoulder problems, especially with his rotator cuff, proved devastating during the next three years. As a result, Mulder pitched only 12 2/3 innings and lost all three of his decisions in 2007 and 2008.
But Mulder found a natural throwing motion by imitating the delivery of Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Paco Rodriguez while watching the 2013 playoffs. After auditioning for various major-league teams, Mulder signed a minor-league contract with the Angels, who invited him to spring training. When the Angels released Mulder in March, he resumed his career as an analyst for ESPN.
In his text message, Mulder said he will try to throw off a mound this week.
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - NOTES, QUOTES
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--CF Mike Trout hit his 27th home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning on Sunday to match his total from last season. Trout also set a club record for most home runs by an Angels player batting second in the lineup. Jim Edmonds held the record of 26, set in 1995. Trout finished 1-for-3.
--RHP Cam Bedrosian was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday. Bedrosian, the son of former major-league closer Steve Bedrosian, has been with the Angels three times this season. In 10 2/3 innings covering 10 appearances, Bedrosian compiled an 0-1 record with a 7.59 earned-run average. He had pitched at Double-A Arkansas in two different stretches.
--RHP Vinnie Pestano was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday and made his team debut in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Pestano, acquired from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, faced four batters in the ninth inning. He struck out the side and walked the fourth hitter. Pestano set a team record by becoming the 30th pitcher to wear the Angels' uniform this season.