Prior to Game 7 of the World Series, the Chicago Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Conor Mullee off of waivers from the New York Yankees.
Mullee was selected by the Yankees in the 24th round of the 2010 draft out of St. Peter’s University. Unfortunately for the 28-year-old, he has not been able to stay on the mound throughout his professional career.
Three major elbow surgeries caused him to miss nearly all of the 2011-13 seasons. In June of 2011, he experienced elbow discomfort which would require his first Tommy John surgery. After just five innings of work for the Staten Island Yankees, a second Tommy John was required. A third procedure was needed in 2013 as his arm failed to heal properly from his second surgery.
Mullee made his Major League debut for the Yankees on May 16 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched just one inning, surrendering three walks and one run with one strikeout. He would pitch twice more for the Yankees on June 28 and July 1. He threw two scoreless frames, struck out three batters and walked one.
In between his time in The Bronx, he pitched lights out ball with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Over 36.1 innings of work, he posted a 0.99 ERA and added 45 strikeouts.
In August, Mullee’s season was once again cut short when he required yet another surgery to address a nerve issue in his elbow.