MLB Insiders - Mulder Takes The Mound Again

Left-hander Mark Mulder, who allowed nine runs in three innings at New York last Wednesday in his return to the active roster after coming off the disabled list, will get his second chance Tuesday night when the Cardinals face the Marlins.

Mulder, recovering from a shoulder impingement, needs to show much more than he did last week to maintain his spot in the rotation down the stretch. There may not be a third chance.

If Mulder would falter again, his spot in the rotation the rest of the season likely would be taken by right-hander Anthony Reyes, who will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis next week.

Center fielder Jim Edmonds, who has been sitting more than playing lately as he deals with post-concussion syndrome, probably won't start Tuesday against Florida left-hander Scott Olsen. Edmonds has been hitting .158 against left-handers, although manager Tony La Russa says he isn't being platooned.

Edmonds seems to have good days and others not so good as he works through the aftereffects, including blurred vision, of a concussion suffered in June.

Gary Bennett, the surprise hero of the Cardinals' three-game sweep over the Cubs last weekend, again is expected to play Tuesday, even though regular catcher Yadier Molina appears about ready to return to the lineup. Bennett has been hitting .464 against left-handed pitching.


--RF Preston Wilson, who reached base twice as a leadoff man Sunday, is likely to be there again Tuesday. Wilson had not led off since 1998, when he was the with the Mets.

--With Monday's off day, all five Cardinals starting pitchers are getting an extra day between starts.

--RHP Braden Looper, with his seventh relief win Sunday, moved into fourth place on the staff in victories. RHPs Jason Marquis, Chris Carpenter and Jeff Suppan have 13,12 and 10 triumphs, respectively.

--The Cardinals have 17 games remaining in their division and 16 outside the division in the final five weeks. Outside the division, they have a four-game series at Arizona, a three-game set at Washington and three-game series at home with both San Francisco and San Diego.

--1B Albert Pujols finished the season series against the Cubs with only 14 hits in 68 at-bats for a .203 average.

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