TEMPE, Ariz. — The Angels released Tag Mulder on Tuesday, a transactional formality given his season-ending Achilles injury that, basically, officially ended the 36-year-old left-hander’s 2014 plan.
Mulder’s comeback hopes, however, are nevertheless alive and well.
‘Barring the setback, or me within pitch with my rearfoot for some reason, I don’t see why not,’ Mulder said in a telephone conversation. ‘My arm’s still going to be the identical next year.’
The arm, the one that experienced two debilitating shoulder operations and forced him in order to retire in 2008, was what Mulder thought would fail him as he attempted some sort of near-unprecedented comeback this offseason. The fact that this task felt better than it has since his Oakland days Ten years ago, and that it was a fluky lower leg ailment that shut your pet down, makes Mulder want to provide another shot.
‘Yes is the uncomplicated answer,’ Mulder said, ‘but until eventually I see how this all bounces again and how I feel and stuff like that, it’s impossible for me to answer it. We have no idea when I would end up being able to start throwing. Coming from what I understand, everybody’s treatment timeline is kind of different on this.’
Since rupturing his left Achilles tendon on Feb. 15, min’s before he would throw a new bullpen session in front of Angels coaches for the first time, Mulder has spent his days and nights sequestered in his Scottsdale, Ariz., lounge, keeping his left lower-leg elevated and counting down the times until the next minor challenge.
‘I realized that daytime TV is perfectly terrible,’ Mulder said. ‘I can’t wait for Thursdays to come, where at least golf will come on in the daytime.’
He can’t wait until March 20, when he ditches the hard cast he’s had for six days and nights and puts on a second 1 exactly like it.
Then he’ll anticipate Apr 3, when he gets fitted for a protective boot.
Then he’ll almost certainly count down every 10 days, as they gradually remove heel inserts until Mulder’s foot finally goes back to being at Three months degrees.
And then, when he sets out to walk again — perhaps once late May — the rehab process will begin in earnest.
This past fall, Mulder found the delivery that worked for your pet, impressed in a late-November throwing treatment, signed a Minor League take care of the Angels, pushed his supply to new limits soon after the new year began and came into Spring Training feeling just like a return to the Majors was actually a fact.
He figures he’d give the Angels priority to sign him once again, ‘but it’s way too early in order to even consider something like that,In . the two-time All-Star said.
‘My concern is now it is another year where I am not saying facing hitters,’ Mulder extra. ‘I’m not in that game circumstance. I don’t know how I’ll approach it, whether I might produce a few starts at winter season ball — I really have no idea. However do feel that as soon as Now i’m capable and ready, I would like to find a way to get into games somehow.’