An MRI exam yesterday confirmed that Pirates LHP Pete Schourek has an inflamed left shoulder.

The Pirates had not decided whether to put Schourek on the disabled list.

Schourek (Marshall High) complained of a sore shoulder following his start Monday night, a 9-2 loss to the Reds. Schourek lasted a season-low 2 2/3 innings, giving up four hits, four walks and five runs.

Schourek traveled back to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night and had the MRI exam as a precaution to make sure the problem was nothing more severe than inflammation.

Schourek, 30, has been bothered by elbow problems since he led the Reds to the NL championship series in 1995. He had surgery to tighten ligaments in the elbow and clean out scar tissue in July 1996, followed by arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs in October 1997.

In 16 starts and eight relief appearances, he's gone 3-7 with a 5.68 ERA.

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