Since the beginning of his current shoulder woes, we were skeptical about him bouncing back and being able to pitch effectively. His shoulder was damaged enough to likely require surgery, yet the Cards continued to hold out hope he could pitch for them. The latest MRI is similar to the June one - impingement and fraying of the rotator cuff. He's tried an extensive rehab program with little success (see his starts since returning from the DL). Now he's reportedly going to seek out a second opinion. No doubt he can't avoid the inevitable - surgery. Mulder is done for the year and he will undergo surgery in the near term. Since 2002, a year after he pitched 229 innings at 24-years-old, Mulder's secondary numbers have been trending downward. One has to wonder if that heavy workload and the cumulative effect finally took its toll on his pitching shoulder.
Jim Edmonds (OF, STL)
Edmonds is still battling bouts of dizziness, blurred vision and headaches as he continues to battle post-concussion syndrome. The Cardinals medical staff still doesn't know if the symptoms will clear up in a week or so or if he'll have to deal with them the rest of the season. The fact the Cardinals are in the playoff hunt as the NL Central leaders is a problem. If the Cards were not in the playoff picture, you can bet Edmonds would have been shut down by now. As we stated in recent reports, comparing Edmonds' situation with Mike Matheny and Corey Koskie, post-concussion syndrome is difficult to project and is a serious condition. If we don't see the symptoms clear up shortly, it's not out of the question the Cards will shut him down.
David Eckstein (SS, STL)
The Cardinals placed Eckstein on the disabled list on August 23 with a strained left oblique muscle. Eckstein suffered the injury on August 18 but didn't show much improvement since. The MRI done on the injury revealed the inflammation and damage to the muscle. He's not expected back until the middle of September, despite reports of him playing catch in late August.
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