From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last month -
Mulder, who is a free agent this winter, had a partial tear in his rotator cuff repaired Tuesday in New York. Once inside his shoulder, the New York Mets’ physician and Cardinals’ team physician made the decision to stitch together the torn tendon instead of smoothing over the frayed pieces. That process will lengthen his rehab and delay the date he can begin throwing for the next season.
It will, the doctors said, make the shoulder healthier.
“It should be as good as new,” Mulder said.
This is based on zero information or rumor – it’s all gut feel – but, I cannot shake the feeling that Mark Mulder is going to be next year’s “Octavio Dotel” for the Yankees. I can see Cashman giving Mulder several million as a base for 2007, with incentives on IP totals for this year – and then some sort of option for 2008.
Between Johnson’s back, Mulder’s wing, and Pavano’s (fill in the blank), the Yankees could have a full house next year in terms of glitzy starting pitching names on the Disabled List to start the year.