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Eichhorn is Relieved to Make a Come Back

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DURHAM — One of the great stories in all of baseball this year is the return of veteran relief pitcher Mark Eichhorn.

Out of baseball the entire 1997 season, Eichhorn has fought his way back from a rotator cuff injury. The 37-year-old side-winder has 11 years of major league experience, but Eichhorn wasn't satisfied leaving the game the way he did.

"I didn't want to go out on the note I went out on," admits Eichhorn. "I wanted to see if I had something left, and I feel like I do, and my wife was all for it. So, here we are."

It hasn't been quite that simple for opposing hitters. The Bulls closer has been phenomenal. As of Thursday, Eichhorn has a 4-0 record and 16 saves-- good enough numbers to warrant a major league call up.

"I was hoping to pitch well enough and show major league baseball that my arm is sound again," Eichhorn says. "I'm positive of the fact I can pitch in the major leagues. Whether I get that chance or not remains to be seen."

You have to figure there's room in the bigs for a man as determined as Mark Eichhorn.

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