Mueller Not Giving Up on Comeback
By Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
August 20, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO — A Kirk Gibson moment would be a longshot, obviously. But a few quality at-bats from the perhaps permanently hobbled Bill Mueller during a pennant race is something the Dodgers hoped might come to pass.
Mueller hasn't given up on the idea. He's with the team, dresses in his uniform and cheers from the dugout.
More importantly, he has taken batting practice in private, testing the balky right knee that has kept him on the disabled list since May 12. Manager Grady Little asked him how it went. So did General Manager Ned Colletti. The answer wasn't encouraging.
"It just didn't respond," Mueller said. "It swells up pretty quick."
He plans to get back in the batting cage before Sept. 1, when the Dodgers roster can be expanded from 25 to 40 players.
"It's worth a try," he said.
Little is crossing his fingers.
"I told him all he has to do is run to first base," he said. "We'll have plenty of guys who can pinch-run."
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