St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Mark Mulder's left biceps, struck by a line drive in Thursday's game against San Diego, is "bruised, sore, stiff," according to Mulder, and the club is uncertain when he'll be able to throw again.

"You got to wait 24, 48, 72 hours before you see how quickly some of the soreness gets out of there," Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa said. "Right now, we don't know when he'll throw off the mound. If we can win another game, get into the next round, [we don't know] when he'd be able to start."

The Cardinals lead the Padres 2-0 heading into Game 3 of their National League Division Series today. Mulder isn't scheduled to pitch again against San Diego. Matt Morris will pitch today, and La Russa said he will decide between Jeff Suppan (16-10, 3.57 ERA) and Jason Marquis (13-14, 4.13) should the Padres force a Game 4. Chris Carpenter would start Game 5.

King Ready for Cardinals

Meanwhile, La Russa said veteran lefty Ray King would be available for Game 3. His father, John King, died Thursday morning after a long battle with lung cancer.

King (4-4, 3.38 ERA) traveled to San Diego and worked out with the club yesterday. He will travel to Dyersburg, Tenn., to attend the funeral Tuesday.

Cox Is Mum on Game 4 Starter

Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox knows who his starter will be for tomorrow's Game 4 against the Houston Astros -- but isn't telling.

"I'm not going to announce it until after the press conference" today, Cox said. "We'll see. We'll see how tomorrow [Saturday] goes and I'll talk to all the pitchers today and again tomorrow to see how they're feeling. There's so many combinations that we can go to."

One option would be Tim Hudson, who allowed five runs in 62/3 innings in the Game 1 loss. Game 2 winner John Smoltz, however, isn't likely to start again during this series because of a sore shoulder.

Svrluga reported from San Diego, Arangure from Houston.