Mulder Starting for Memphis

Cardinal fans are hoping for the return of Mark Mulder soon, but with a record of 6-5 and a 6.09 ERA in 15 starts for St. Louis combined with a couple of less than impressive rehab starts and the Cardinals may be expecting too much, too soon.

St. Louis Cardinals left-handed pitcher Mark Mulder is scheduled to make a rehab start for the Memphis Redbirds Thursday, Aug. 17 against the Oklahoma RedHawks at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

Mulder will face Texas' No. 2 prospect, John Danks, in a game that starts at 7:05 p.m.

Mulder has been on St. Louis' disabled list since June 21 with a left shoulder impingement. The impingement has caused stiffness and lack in range of motion in left arm. He was 6-5 with a 6.09 ERA in 15 starts for St. Louis before going on the DL.

His first rehab start for Memphis was August 11 against Iowa. He went four innings and four runs on four hits in a no decision. He also made a rehab start for Single-A Quad Cities Aug. 6.

There has been some concern about the speed of his fastball and the location of his offspeed pitches.

The Cardinals think that Mulder's release point on his pitches has been off that, that is contributing to his lack of effectivness.

Mulder was 16-8 with a 3.64 ERA last year in his first season with the Cardinals. The Cardinals acquired lefty Mark Mulder from the A's in exchange for pitchers Dan Haren and Kiko Calero and first baseman Daric Barton. , just in time for Christmas 2004 for Cardinal Fans. Finally fans thought the Cardinals had another legit Ace, to go with Chris Carpenter.

Haren is 11-9 with a 3.45 ERA for a mere $550,000 this season and Cardinal Nation would love to go back in time and cancel the Mulder trade that a lot of fans objected to at the time.

From 2001-05, Mulder was tied for first in the wins in the majors with 88, first in shutouts with 10 and second in complete games with 25 during that five year span.

From 2001-2004 his 72 total wins were second most in the majors to Curt Schilling (74) and first among lefthanders.

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