Kind of a shame, he was a decent player... good news for the young Dodgers prospects waiting in the wings though.
Mueller's career might be over: Dodgers third baseman Bill Mueller said doctors have told him surgery will not fix his deteriorating right knee.
Mueller, who had surgery on his knee for the third time in three years May 13, was originally supposed to miss four to six weeks. Now, it looks like his career could be over.
"We don't know what's left," said Mueller, who will miss the rest of this season, at least.
Mueller, 35, signed a two-year, $9.5 million contract with the Dodgers in the offseason after hitting .303 in three seasons with the Red Sox, including a season in which he won the 2003 American League batting title, hitting .326.
Mueller will continue rehabilitation in hopes of a miraculous recovery.
Baseball Injury Report:
Bill Mueller (3B, LAD) It’s looking more and more like my
earlier prediction regarding Mueller is true. The condition
of his arthritic right knee is so bad that he is definitely
done for 2006. The Dodgers are not hopeful for next year
either. This is because there is no known treatment at the
moment that would allow Mueller to get back on the field,
not even the Synvisc treatments that Randy Johnson and Keith
Foulke are using. By all reports out of Los Angeles,
Mueller’s career is over.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax
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That's too bad -- great player. He had a nice run and has a record to look back on with pride -- financially and otherwise.
1997 San Francisco Giants $160,000
1998 San Francisco Giants $300,000
1999 San Francisco Giants $525,000
2000 San Francisco Giants $1,325,000
2001 Chicago Cubs $2,750,000
2002 Chicago Cubs $3,450,000
2003 Boston Red Sox $2,100,000
2004 Boston Red Sox $2,100,000
2005 Boston Red Sox $2,500,000
2006 Los Angeles Dodgers $4,600,000
You're not on my fantasy team, but Billy Mueller, here's to hoping you can lace up the spikes one more time.
C Napoli 1B Hafner 2B Uggla 3B Upton SS Mig. Tejada OF Juan Pierre, Sizemore, Wells UTIL Carlos Peña BN Swisher, Glaus SP James Shields, Clemens, Lackey, Oliver Pérez, Maine, Webb, Lincecum RP Nathan, Mo Rivera, Al Reyes