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Notes: Mulder's arm isn't fit to throw

Notes: Mulder's arm isn't fit to throw

ST. LOUIS -- Mark Mulder can do everything a non-injured pitcher can do, with just one exception. A big exception.

"The only thing he can't do right now is throw," Cardinals head athletic trainer Barry Weinberg said on Monday. "He's going through his workouts. He's doing his trunk work. He's doing his leg work. His upper body work. He's doing specific arm exercises. The only thing he can't do right now is throw."

Mulder was placed on the disabled list on Thursday with an unclear shoulder injury, the nature of which has become clearer. Weinberg said that Mulder is dealing with inflammation and irritation in his rotator cuff as well as a shoulder impingement. The left-hander will be re-evaluated over the weekend by Dr. George Paletta.

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"We want to give it seven to 10 days at first to see how the inflammation and irritation react," Weinberg said. "And if that's favorable, over the weekend, we'll put out another plan. Right now, we want to let this seven-to-10 day plan progress, with anti-inflammatories, modalities and exercise."

Mulder received treatment before the game. Afterward, the clearly frustrated left-hander said he hopes to know more about his condition after the next evaluation.

"I couldn't get my arm in the right position," he said. "So, we'll rehab it and see if that's what I can do.

"I haven't had a very good arm slot for a while. When it started, I had no idea. "

Edmonds rests: Manager Tony La Russa didn't like what he saw from Jim Edmonds at the plate on Sunday, so he gave the center fielder a day off on Monday against Indians lefty Cliff Lee. Edmonds, playing his first game after missing three days with a concussion, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Tigers on Sunday.

"Looking at him yesterday, he had some strange at-bats that were not like him," La Russa said on Monday afternoon. "I didn't want to push him today, and we didn't have to. Although, he said he's ready to go."

Weinberg said the choice to sit Edmonds was strictly a baseball decision, not a decision by the club's medical staff.

Bennett's OK: Gary Bennett was held out of the Cardinals' lineup on Monday, but his strained left oblique is not considered serious. Bennett said before the game that he was able to play, and both La Russa and Weinberg considered the catcher available, if necessary.

"I list him as available today, but in emergency situations," said Weinberg. "He's still playable. He's available to play."

Bennett played down the injury.

"I think that's the concern, is it could get worse," he said. "Then again, it could not get worse.

"It doesn't bother me catching at all."

Bennett will likely be held out through the Cardinals' series against Cleveland, but he could be eligible to start a game over the weekend at home against the Royals.

Minor news: Bo Hart is back with St. Louis. Hart, who was let go by the Cardinals over the winter, was released by the Rockies organization a little over a week ago. He signed a Minor League deal with St. Louis and started at third base for Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, going 0-for-3.

Additionally, Jason Motte, formerly a catcher known for a devastating throwing arm, is trying out another career path. Motte has taken to pitching for short-season State College of the New York-Penn League. The right-hander has picked up a save, but he was nicked for a blown save and his second loss on Sunday.

Finally, the midseason break led to a number of promotions and demotions. Third baseman Travis Hanson and lefty reliever Carmen Cali were sent down from Triple-A Memphis to Double-A Springfield. Left-hander Jaime Garcia has been promoted from Class A Quad Cities to Class A Palm Beach, and righty Blake Hawksworth has been bumped up from Palm Beach to Springfield. Infielder Rico Washington received a callup from Springfield to Memphis.

This date in Cardinals history: On June 26, 2002, the Cardinals won their first game in the wake of Darryl Kile's death. Woody Williams pitched 7 2/3 fine innings, and Mike Matheny went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Cards in a 5-2 win over Milwaukee. Earlier in the day, the Cardinals held a public memorial service for Kile at Busch Stadium.

Baby Redbirds: Triple-A Memphis jumped out to a big early lead and held on for an 8-4 win over Albuquerque on Sunday. Brian Daubach hit two home runs and drove in four. Skip Schumaker and John Gall also went deep. ... Cody Haerther and Shaun Boyd each had two hits for Double-A Springfield in an 8-4 loss to San Antonio. ... Ryan Barthelemy homered and drove in five, and Matt Dryer had four hits, as Class A Palm Beach pounded Daytona, 15-9. Mitchell Boggs pitched six fine innings (five hits, two runs, one earned, two Ks, one walk) for the win. ... Colby Rasmus went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Trey Hearne pitched seven innings, without an earned run, in Class A Quad Cities' 5-1 win over Peoria. ... Brad Furnish pitched a fine game for State College on Sunday, but received the no-decision. Furnish, a second-round draft pick earlier this month, pitched six shutout innings (three hits, one walk, four strikeouts) in the Spikes' 4-3 loss to Batavia. ... Rookie-level Johnson City was rained out against Kingsport.

Hearne is your Player of the Day. He allowed four hits and one walk, striking out six for his fifth win of the year. Hearne was a 28th-round draft pick last year, but he's having a terrific year for Quad Cities. He's racked up 55 Ks against 10 walks in 53 innings, posting a 2.38 ERA.

Coming up: Righty Anthony Reyes (1-1, 1.80) follows up his one-hitter with a home start against the Indians on Tuesday night. Reyes will be opposed by left-hander C.C. Sabathia (5-4, 4.19). First pitch at Busch Stadium is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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