ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder, who struggled in
three September starts coming back from rotator cuff surgery, will
undergo another operation that will end his already abbreviated
Results of an MRI exam on Tuesday revealed only partial healing
of the rotator cuff, while the labrum was completely healed, the
team said in a release late Wednesday night.
Dr. David Altcheck, the New York Mets team physician who
performed the surgery on Mulder last September, and Dr. George
Paletta, the Cardinals' team physician, both recommended
Paletta will do the second surgery, scheduled for Monday in St.
Mulder underwent the MRI and a nerve condition study after
complaining of discomfort. He was 0-3 with a 12.27 ERA in three
starts this month and 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.
Mulder won 16 games in 2005, his first season with the
Cardinals, giving them a strong 1-2 punch 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.