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The former Cardinals pitcher finished his final rehab on Friday and told Crasnick that he feels “great.” Mulder had ruptured Achilles in February after signing a contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The 37-year-old has not pitched in the majors since the 2008 season when he appeared in three games for the Cardinals. Mulder was acquired in December 2004 in exchange for Daric Barton, Kiko Calero and Dan Haren. His time in St. Louis started out as good as it could but shoulder injuries limited Mulder’s time in uniform.
June 26, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; ESPN analyst and MLB former pitcher Mark Mulder before the game between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Image Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
Selected to play in two All-Star games, Mulder has a career 103-60 record in 203 stars and two relief appearances. A member of the Oakland Athletics Big 3 starters with Tim Hudson and Barry Zito, Mulder finished as the runner up for the 2001 American League Cy Young Award to Roger Clemens after posting a 21-8 record with a 3.45 ERA.
Mulder, whose career ERA is 4.03, certainly had a tale of two careers that can divided between the 2005 and 2006 seasons. During the 2000-2005 seasons, Mulder owned a 97-50 mark with a 3.87 ERA in 182 starts. The final three seasons of 2006-2008 saw a different Mulder. In these seasons, Mulder went 6-10 with a 7.73 ERA in 21 starts and two relief appearances.
When it comes to the issue of Mulder for Cardinals fans, it will always be a question of what if for the pitcher. There’s also the question of Haren and what he would have meant to the Cardinals team that won the World Series in 2006.