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Mark Mulder planning comeback

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- Former Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder is planning a comeback. Mulder, who retired in 2009 after two surgeries on his left shoulder, has spent the past three years working as an analyst for ESPN.

While watching Dodgers pitcher Paco Rodriguez on TV, Mulder says he noticed something in Rodriguez’s delivery that he could emulate. So he began working out with a trainer in Phoenix, got himself in shape, adopted the new delivery, and is ready to starting pitching again.

Mulder says he’s been throwing about 90 miles an hour, and plans to work out for several major league teams in December. 

“I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am,” Mulder told ESPN. “To be honest with you, I never anticipated this five or six weeks ago. It was just a flat-out fluke that came from me trying to imitate Paco Rodriguez in my living room.”

Mulder was with the Cardinals from 2005-08. He won 16 games in 2005, but battled injuries every year after that. He has a career record of 103-60, with a 4.18 era. At age 36, Mulder says he could have several more productive seasons. 

“The best way to describe it is, the ball is coming out of my hand better now than at any point when I was in St. Louis,” Mulder said. “I wouldn’t be trying this is if I didn’t think the stuff I was throwing was good enough [to pitch in the big leagues].”


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