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Results of Mulder MRI expected on Wednesday

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder underwent an MRI
exam and nerve condition study Tuesday after complaining of
discomfort in his surgically repaired shoulder.

Mulder was examined by Dr. George Paletta, the Cardinals' team
physician. The studies were forwarded to Dr. David Altcheck, the
New York Mets' team physician, who operated on Mulder's torn
rotator cuff in September 2006.

The Cardinals said in a release that results of the studies
would be available on Wednesday.

"I did some nerve thing and they said it was fine," Mulder
said in a brief pregame interview.

Mulder is 0-3 with a 12.27 ERA in three starts this month. He
lasted three innings on Sunday against the Cubs, allowing four runs
and seven hits.

After that start, Mulder said he was unable to get his arm high
enough to finish his pitches.

Manager Tony La Russa was noncommittal on whether it would be
wise to shut down Mulder for the rest of the season, regardless of
what the tests show.

"There's no way to make a comment on that," La Russa said.
"How are you going to guess? Let the doctor say what he found."

Mulder won 16 games in 2005, his first season with the
Cardinals, giving them a strong 1-2 punch along with Chris
Carpenter. He battled shoulder problems last year, spending 85 days
on the 15-day disabled list and going 6-7 with a 7.14 ERA before
undergoing surgery on Sept. 12.