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Bill Mueller | Third Baseman

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (43) / 3/17/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 180
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: SMS
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Bill Mueller will receive his entire $4.5 million salary next year despite retiring on Friday.
Mueller will earn some of the money in his role as a special assistant to Dodgers GM Ned Colletti. "I'm very interested in learning under Ned," Mueller said. "It's a wonderful opportunity to listen and really get tutored about the front office." Sat, Nov 18, 2006 10:50:00 AM

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Dodgers announced the retirement of third baseman Bill Mueller.

Mueller, forced to call it quits by a knee injury that wasn't going to get any better, will serve as a special assistant to Los Angeles GM Ned Colletti. This takes his $4.5 million salary off the Dodgers' books, but it seems likely that there's some sort of agreement entitling him to at least a significant portion of what he was due. The 35-year-old Mueller finishes his career with a .291/.373/.425 line, 85 homers and 493 RBI in 11 major league seasons. His best year was 2003, his first year with the Red Sox, when he won the AL batting title and established career highs with a .326 average, 19 homers and 85 RBI. In 2004, he came up with the big hit that drove in Dave Roberts in Game 4 of the ALCS and batted .429 in Boston's World Series victory.
Fri, Nov 17, 2006 08:11:00 PM

Bill Mueller said on Friday that he doesn't plan to retire after the season is over, but that's all he knows for sure.

The 35 year-old Mueller is under contract with the Dodgers for next season, but he's now had a total of three procedures on his right knee over the years. Mueller is also hoping that some experimental treatment will allow him to return to next season, although he's not optimistic about his own chances. He will try and rehab the injury this winter anyway.
Sat, Sep 16, 2006 10:14:00 AM

Doctors have reportedly eliminated all procedures for fixing the deterioration in Bill Mueller's knee.

This is tough news for Mueller, who hoped to return for the 2007 season. It appears unless his knee suddenly regenerates muscle his career may be finished.
Fri, Jul 21, 2006 11:20:00 AM

Bill Mueller's knee injury likely will end his season and could end his career.

Mueller had surgery on his knee on May 13 for the third time in three years. "He gets to a certain point in treatment and starts getting sore," trainer Stan Johnston said. "He's got degenerative, arthritic changes in his knee. There is cumulative damage from all the procedures."
Fri, Jun 23, 2006 09:55:00 AM

Dodgers transferred third baseman Bill Mueller from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Mueller was supposed to miss four to five weeks after undergoing knee surgery on May 13, but he's still not close to returning. At best, he'll be back right after the All-Star break.
Tue, Jun 20, 2006 09:49:00 PM

The Dodgers are reportedly "at least somewhat concerned about" Bill Mueller's recovery from knee surgery.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Mueller "still isn't close to returning" despite what was initially expected to be a late-June return.
Sat, Jun 17, 2006 09:52:00 AM

Bill Mueller (knee) said Friday that he may be out a little longer than initially expected.

A slower recovery would likely push Mueller's return into July. "We're just going to have to wait and see how the scenario plays out," Mueller said.
Sat, Jun 3, 2006 10:18:00 AM

Bill Mueller will have his knee looked at by Dodgers' doctors on Friday.

Mueller has been rehabbing the knee in Arizona since undergoing surgery. "He's coming along slowly," manager Grady Little said. A late June return still isn't out of the question.
Fri, Jun 2, 2006 09:31:00 AM

Bill Mueller underwent successful surgery to remove loose cartilage in his knee on Monday.

Mueller is expected to miss about five weeks. Olmedo Saenz and Willy Aybar have been filling in for him.
Tue, May 16, 2006 10:06:00 AM

Bill Mueller will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday and is expected to miss four to five weeks.

Mueller will have fraying repaired and loose bodies removed. He also has a bone spur in the area, but it won't be known what other work will be needed until the surgery. Willy Aybar is expected to be the Dodgers' primary third baseman until Mueller returns.
Sat, May 13, 2006 05:39:00 PM

If the inflammation in Bill Mueller's right knee does not improve, arthroscopic surgery is a strong possibility.

"Surgery has been discussed," he said. "This is the same thing I had two years ago." He had the procedure on the knee in 2004 and was out from May 19 to July 2. Willy Aybar will get a chance for regular at-bats at the hot corner in his stead.
Sat, May 13, 2006 10:06:00 AM

Dodgers placed third baseman Bill Mueller on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right knee.

Mueller last week aggravated the knee that has bothered him for years. He returned to play the last three days, but it was still bothering him and the Dodgers are doing the smart thing here. Willy Aybar is starting at third base tonight. It would be for the best if he gets most of the playing time for the next two weeks. He should have some short-term value in NL-only leagues.
Fri, May 12, 2006 09:39:00 PM

Bill Mueller returned to action on Tuesday and went 1-for-5 against the Dodgers.

Mueller missed three games with a sore right knee.
Wed, May 10, 2006 03:21:00 AM

Bill Mueller (knee) is expected to return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against Houston.

Mueller has pinch hit just once since Thursday when he aggravated a bone spur in his knee. The knee will always be an issue for Mueller, he will have to occasionally take a few days off to give it a rest.
Mon, May 8, 2006 09:54:00 AM

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