Ankle injury derails Mark Mulder's pitching comeback with Angels

  • Mark Mulder's comeback took an unexpected turn Saturday in training camp. Read it: ankle injury. Official diagnosis is expected Sunday, but reports suggest a ruptured Achilles' tendon. Game over.A 36-year-old lefthander, Mulder is bidding to resume his pitching career. He retired in 2010 and hasn't appeared in the majors since 2008. News of his injury came Saturday via .com’s Alden Gonzalez from Los Angeles Angels training camp.X-rays were taken, according to media reports. Mulder's expected bullpen session was cancelled. Mulder was injured while warming up for his throwing time. The Angels are interested in Mulder, who despite his lengthy layoff was viewed as a potential member of their rotation.Mulder's career was cut short by shoulder injuries. He hadn't won a game since 2006. However, he made a change in his delivery, inspired by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Paco Rodriguez, and liked what he could do. Given his success, he held a tryout session in November, according to the Los Angeles Times."You could tell right away this was a little different than most guys who do these things," said Tim Huff, s夜网论坛pecial assistant to Angels GM Jerry Dipoto, told the Times. "After 10 pitches, all three of us kind of looked at each other and said, 'Who's going to get on the phone to their GMs faster?' "The Angels, loaded with high-priced stars but a dud last season, have problems with their rotation. They'll monitor Mulder, but anything more than a minor sprain will hurt his chances[......]

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    Dad catches minor league son's first home run of the season

  • Astros prospect Conrad Gregor hit his first Midwest League home run on Saturday night, which was reason enough to celebrate.But the first baseman out of Vanderbilt had a different reason to celebrate. MORE: Top teams on Twitter | Jobu bobblehead | "Hero Cat" first pitchThe home run was actually a family affair. Gregor's dad, Marty, was in the stands and happened to be on the receiving end of the blast.He and Gregor's mom had made the five-hour t夜网论坛rek from Indiana to Davenport, Iowa."It's a little unbelievable, but I'm glad my parents were here to see it," Gregor said about his home run, "When I got back to the dugout, I heard he made a pretty good catch."He joked that his dad would have to come to more games from this point forward.Source: MiLB[......]

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