Former St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Mark Mulder's comeback with the Anaheim Angels is over after three days.
Mulder, who hadn't played in the big leagues since 2008 thanks to shoulder problems, wasn't done in by the troublesome joint in his bid to return. It was a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered during pitcher agility drills, according to the Los Angeles Times.
He's out for the season. But, at age 36 and after a five-year layoff, it's difficult to imagine Mulder trying to pitch again in 2015.
I guess no one wants to leave the game too soon only to wonder if they could have done it for a few more years. But Mulder had a cushy job as an analyst and a bunch of money in the bank. Now he's got a painful injury that it going to take a long time to get over. I can't help but wonder if he'd do things differently if he had the chance.
I feel bad for him. He was a great pitcher before suffering a heart-breaking shoulder injury and gruesome surgeries. It would have been a great story if he could have suddenly regained his form and pitched a few more years. But I guess all tales don't have happy endings.