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Mulder Ruptures Achilles During Workout, Needs Surgery

Tyler Skaggs, 22, is still the favorite for the fifth spot in the rotation, but Joe Blanton's importance has suddenly heightened as a potential fallback option. The Angels are still not expected to sign any starters to a Major League contract, especially guys like Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana, who are tied to Draft-pick compensation. Mulder was the second overall pick by the A's in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft and established himself as one of the game's premier left-handers over a five-year period, averaging 18 wins and posting a 3.65 ERA from 2001-05. But he pitched only 12 2/3 innings with the Cardinals from 2007-08, a product of two rotator cuff surgeries, and moved on immediately thereafter, briefly trying his hand at professional golf before becoming an ESPN analyst. His attempt at a comeback was the result of an epiphany, not the necessity to fill a void. "I don't know what's going to come of it," Mulder said previously, "but I just know that I'm very confident in what I'm doing, and workout I'd like to Max Workouts think that when the Angels people see me throw, I'm going to hopefully turn some heads." Mulder never got that chance. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com.
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