Cardinals’ manager Tony LaRussa wanted to get Mark Mulder into Sunday’s game against Kansas City, but forced bullpen moves wouldn’t allow the opportunity for Mulder to come in and start an inning, so LaRussa had to wait until Monday night.
Out of action since last September 16 th , Mulder made his first appearance, in relief in the 9 th inning of last night 7-1 win over the Mets.
Mulder could be seen pacing in the bullpen, visiting the water cooler a couple of times and just trying to relax as the Cardinals finished up the bottom of the 8 th inning.
Mulder wasn’t spectacular, but he was efficient. He gave up a couple of cheap hits and struck out Ramon Castro. All Mulder wanted to do was get the ball over the plate and that’s exactly what he did throwing 10 of his 14 pitches for strikes.