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Mulder still isn't ready

The Brewers have decided to put off plans to sign former Cardinals starter Mark Mulder to a minor league contract.

Why? Because three and a half years after he was shut down with a shoulder injury and it was surgically "repaired" he is still too early in the rehab process, according to

"He continues to throw but he's doing long tossing and flat ground," Brewers GM Doug Melvin told "We just haven't had a chance to see him throw [off a mound]. As soon as he does that, we could talk about a contract.  

"Mark is in agreement with that. He understands that there is no rush to do a contract. He knows we have a good guy in place to help get him back where he wants to be."

No rush? Mulder is probably close to setting some sort of record for the longest rehab in major league history. I admire his dedication. But at some point it seems he is going to have to admit that things just aren't going to get back where they need to be for him to be a successful major league pitcher.

Fortunately for him, he ought to be financially secure. He made more than $34 million as a ballplayer, including the $11.5-million, two-year contract he signed with the Cardinals in 2007 when he was supposedly close to a return. That deal made Troy Glaus look like a good investment in terms of production in a St. Louis uniform.