The Brewers will wait until next month to consider making a Minor League offer to rehabbing left-hander Mark Mulder, general manager Doug Melvin said Friday.
Melvin and Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson met with Mulder in Phoenix on Thursday night and there remains mutual interest in striking a Minor League deal at some point. But Mulder, who has been limited to six Major League appearances since 2006 because of shoulder injuries, is still too early in his throwing program for the Brewers to commit even to a Minors deal, Melvin said.
“He continues to throw but he’s doing long tossing and flat ground,” Melvin said. “We just haven’t had a chance to see him throw [off a mound]. As soon as he does that, we could talk about a contract.
“Mark is in agreement with that. He understands that there is no rush to do a contract. He knows we have a good guy in place to help get him back where he wants to be.”
That would be Peterson, Mulder’s former pitching coach in Oakland. Under Peterson’s tutelage, Mulder finished second in American League Cy Young Award balloting in 2001 and made a pair of All-Star teams. They reunited last summer while Mulder was looking for answers about his mechanics.
In a sign of mutual interest, Melvin said that Mulder might use the Brewers’ facilities at Maryvale Baseball Park once he’s ready to progress to the next level in his program.
“We had a nice visit with him,” Melvin said. “We’re interested and he’s interested.”
Mulder’s agent, Gregg Clifton, was not available for comment on Friday afternoon.