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Mulder Ruptures Achilles During Workout, Needs Surgery

"I can handle this," Mulder wrote on his Twitter account, @markmulder20, shortly after receiving the MRI results. "But seeing my son in tears when he saw me in a boot and crutches and I told him I wasn't going to pitch - that was tough." The injury -- the same one Ryan Howard suffered while making the last out of the 2011 National Shin Ohtake League Division Series -- will require surgery and typically max workouts takes months to recover from. Given Mulder's age (36), his no-strings-attached Minor League contract and his general acceptance of being away from the game, he'll probably opt for a return to retired life. "My heart goes out to him," said Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto, who didn't want to .. [read more] speculate on what decision Mulder would make about his future. "I know how hard he worked, and we're all disappointed for him. Every one of us." Mulder is expected to address the media from Angels camp on Sunday morning. Prior to that, the left-hander talked openly about how good his arm felt and how ready he was to attempt a comeback few have ever completed. It started in October, when Mulder was watching Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez pitch in the playoffs, stood up in his living room, mimicked a quicker, more fluent delivery, translated it to the pitching rubber and came away amazed by how much better it made him throw.
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